NFC North at night

September, 28, 2011
9/28/11
5:58
PM ET
Rounding up Wednesday's news bits in the NFC North, including the likely answer to your non-stop questions about a certain rookie defensive tackle:

Chicago Bears: Three previously injured players participated in all of Wednesday's practice: Running back Marion Barber (calf), safety Chris Harris (hamstring) and safety Major Wright (head/neck). Tight end Matt Spaeth (calf) joined tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) and receiver Earl Bennett (chest) on the sideline. Meanwhile, receiver Roy Williams wasn't listed on the injury report but said his groin injury has been holding him back.

Detroit Lions: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) didn't practice, but coach Jim Schwartz insisted there have been no setbacks in his rehabilitation. Regardless, the development makes it highly unlikely Fairley will play Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, linebacker Justin Durant was among several starters who also sat out Wednesday's practice. There is no immediate fear that either Durant, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, receiver Calvin Johnson or safety Louis Delmas will miss Sunday's game.

Green Bay Packers: We've already noted that right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and running back Ryan Grant (kidney) are going to have a tough time playing Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Minnesota Vikings: Tailback Adrian Peterson (calf) and linebacker E.J. Henderson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday but are expected to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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