Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George was made inactive for the first time in his career yesterday, not because of injury but because he wasn't needed.
Coach Bill Parcells opted to keep the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner out against New Orleans because of the emergence of rookie Julius Jones and the return to health of third-down back Richie Anderson. George did not play the previous game, ending his streak of consecutive games at 139, but had been active. . . .
The Chicago Bears were without five offensive starters for their game against Jacksonville. Right tackle John Tait, right guard Rex Tucker, tight end Desmond Clark and fullback Bryan Johnson were inactive because of injuries. Guard Ruben Brown is out for the season with a neck injury. . . .
Harvey R. "Bum" Bright, the former Dallas Cowboys owner who sold the team to Jerry Jones, has died. He was 84.
-- From News Services