NFC North at night

September, 21, 2011
9/21/11
5:45
PM ET
Catching up on Wednesday's practice news, which included the return of a Pro Bowl cornerback in Green Bay.

Chicago Bears: Receiver Earl Bennett (chest) and right tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) didn't practice and aren't expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Safety Major Wright (head/neck) didn't practice but his status is uncertain. Safety Chris Harris (hamstring), running back Marion Barber (calf) receiver Roy Williams (groin) and guard Lance Louis (ankle) all participated in a portion of practice and have a chance to play against the Packers.

Detroit Lions: Nine players on the 53-man roster were held out of practice, but the only ones expected to miss Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) and offensive lineman Jason Fox (foot). Among those resting were receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), safety Louis Delmas (hip), defensive end Cliff Avril (hip) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (shoulder).

Green Bay Packers: Tramon Williams (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday and coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism that he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Bears. Linebacker Clay Matthews (quadriceps) might not practice this week but McCarthy said he anticipates him playing as well. The same goes for cornerback Charles Woodson (foot), who didn't practice Wednesday.

Minnesota Vikings: All players participated in at least a portion of practice, including cornerback Chris Cook (groin), who missed a good portion of last Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cook told reporters the injury was related to a hydration issue.

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