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NFC North at night

A few notes from the two NFC North teams with games scheduled this weekend:

Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford (ankle) was officially listed as limited in practice. Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot), who hasn't made much impact in his three games this season, didn't practice. Running back Jahvid Best (concussion), offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus (knee), receiver Rashied Davis (foot), defensive lineman Sammie Hill (ankle) and cornerback Chris Houston (back) also didn't practice.

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck) is going to test himself in a padded practice Thursday and could be getting closer to a return. Receiver Percy Harvin (ribs), offensive lineman Anthony Herrera (knee), running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (foot) all sat out practice. Herrera is likely to miss a few games and be replaced by backup center Joe Berger, presuming starting center John Sullivan (concussion) plays Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.