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LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears designated five players eligible for the 2002 Houston Texans expansion draft.

* Running Back Autry Denson (5-10, 203)

* Guard/Center Kevin Dogins (6-1, 301)

* Safety Than Merrill (6-3, 220)

* Defensive Tackle Robert Newkirk (6-3, 295)

* Quarterback Danny Wuerffel (6-1, 212)

Each of the 31 teams in the NFL were required to submit a list of five players to the League which enables the Texans to stock their inaugural roster. Houston will draft 30-42 veteran players from the rosters of the other NFL clubs, select a combined total of 14 extra rookie players in the next two college drafts and sign veteran free agents between March and July 2002 under the same terms as the league's current 31 clubs.

The expansion draft will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Punters and kickers are not eligible to be a part of the list. Existing clubs can recall one player from its list after one of its players is selected and, after a second player is selected from a team, that club can pull back both of its remaining players.

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