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Saints' Horn, Stoutmire inactive for game vs. Bears

CHICAGO -- Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn did not
dress for the New Orleans Saints as they took on the Chicago Bears
in the NFC Championship Game Sunday.

It was the sixth straight game missed by Horn, who has not
played since partially tearing his groin on a first-quarter catch
during the Saints' victory over San Francisco on Dec. 3.

Horn, who turned 35 on Tuesday, had 37 catches for 679 yards and
four touchdowns during the regular season.

He took part in at least a portion of every practice during the
past week, but usually sat out 11-on-11 drills. Saints coach Sean
Payton has established a pattern of not allowing players to dress
for games if they could not participate in a complete practice in
the same week.

Also out for New Orleans was veteran safety Omar Stoutmire, who
had become a starter during the first half of the season because of
an injury to rookie Roman Harper. Veteran Jay Bellamy started in
his place, while Terrance Copper started for Horn.

For the Bears, receiver Mark Bradley, who left last week's game
against Seattle with an ankle injury, was among several reserves
who did not dress for the game.