BBAO: Devin Hester primed for return

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Chicago Bears receiver/kick returner Devin Hester didn't practice Thursday because of a quadriceps injury, but he intends to play -- and make an impact -- in Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions.

As Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com writes, it's been 11 months since Hester returned a kick for a touchdown. Earlier this season, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to allow punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns in consecutive games. Hester had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against them last season.

"This is a team we see some opportunities there," Hester said. "At the same time we have to be patient."

Hester has eight scoring returns in prime-time games in his career.

Continuing around the NFC North on this Friday morning:

  • Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice is vowing not to forget about the running game Monday night, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times wants the Bears to admit that the Lions are their real rivals.

  • Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's sister tweeted last week that she was looking forward to freedom in 2 1/2 years, which is about the timeframe when Suh's contract expires. But according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Suh said that doesn't reflect his thinking. Suh: "What my sister tweets is what she tweets. It has nothing to do with me. It's her personal account; it has her name on it. I have my own personal account. It says verified and it has my name on it. … I would love to be here. This city has been great to me. The people are great people and I love playing here. That's why I wear the jersey."

  • Lions safety Amari Spievey has put aside personal tragedy and health issues to return to the starting lineup. Justin Rogers of Mlive.com explains.

  • Missed this in Thursday's practice report: Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) returned to practice and could be available for Monday night's game, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

  • The depth of the Green Bay Packers' defensive line is paying off, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Packers receiver James Jones has emerged as a big-time red zone weapon, notes the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Packers tight end Jermichael Finley wants to play with his injured shoulder more than coaches and doctors think he should, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explores why the Minnesota Vikings don't have big cornerback Chris Cook in press coverage more often.

  • Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he was "not proud of" a red zone plan that limited the appearances of receiver Percy Harvin during last Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins. More from the Star Tribune.

  • Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams on the performance of cornerback Antoine Winfield last Sunday, via Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I would say wow -- capital W, capitol O, capital W ... wow. It has a huge impact. That's as good as I've seen anyone play in a long, long time."