Anthony Spencer out; Matt Forte active

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys will be missing four defensive starters against the Bears, who will have running back Matt Forte return from an ankle injury.

Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer joins nose tackle Jay Ratliff and Kenyon Coleman on the Cowboys' inactive list. Strong safety Barry Church was placed on injured reserve this week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

As late as Monday morning, the Cowboys planned for Spencer to play despite missing all of this week's practices due to a strained pectoral muscle. However, it was determined that the risk of Spencer aggravating the injury was too high. He is expected to play return after the Cowboys' upcoming bye week.

COWBOYS INACTIVES: P Chris Jones, S Matt Johnson, LB Alex Albright, C Phil Costa, NT Jay Ratliff, OLB Anthony Spencer, DE Kenyon Coleman

BEARS INACTIVES: FB Evan Rodriguez, G/C Edwin Williams, G/T Chris Williams, DT Matt Toeaina, WR Earl Bennett, DT Nate Collins, DE Cheta Ozougwu.