- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Let's take a quick look through Thursday's news in the NFC North:
Chicago Bears: Tailback Matt Forte (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis, giving him a chance to play Sunday at Ford Field. Cornerback Charles Tillman (ribs/elbow) also returned to practice. The Bears won't have safety Chris Conte (hamstring) for Sunday's game, and it's beginning to look like linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) won't make his return this week, either. He has yet to practice. Running back Armando Allen (knee) hasn't practiced this week, either.
Detroit Lions: Returner Stefan Logan told reporters that he has been benched for Sunday's game against the Bears after a series of mental mistakes in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. As we discussed earlier this week, the Lions had no choice but to demand accountability. Earlier this week, coach Jim Schwartz implied that receiver Mike Thomas and running back Joique Bell were potential replacements. … Center Dominic Raiola responded to public criticism from Bears defensive lineman Henry Melton, questioning Melton's Pro Bowl qualifications and calling him "a clown." So there's that. … Schwartz said Thursday that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has done "a great job" this season, quelling speculation that he could be replaced this offseason.
Green Bay Packers: Receiver Randall Cobb told reporters he will test out his sprained ankle Friday in practice. It's not yet clear whether he will play Sunday at the Metrodome, but it's possible he'll pass the baton to receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), who has been practicing this week. Right guard Josh Sitton (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis.
Minnesota Vikings: Defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder) participated in a limited portion of practice and has a chance to play Sunday. The Vikings held out tailback Adrian Peterson (abdomen/groin) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (hand), but there is no question about either player's availability for Sunday.