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."