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NFC North at night

11/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Catching up on Monday’s news:

Chicago Bears: Coach Lovie Smith said he was “pleased” with the way defensive tackle Tommie Harris played Sunday against Cleveland, Harris’ first game back since Smith gave him a week to rest his knee. “I know the sack total wasn’t want you would like it to be,” Smith told Chicago reporters. “But I thought we had good pressure. [The defensive linemen] maintained their gaps. Tommie was disruptive with his play, which he can be. Step headed in the right direction.” Harris finished the game with two tackles. … Safety Craig Steltz suffered a biceps contusion and his status is uncertain, Smith said.

Detroit Lions: Coach Jim Schwartz told said he plans no changes in his backfield rotation after backup Maurice Morris gained 63 yards Sunday against St. Louis. “I don’t think that anything has changed from the fact of Kevin is our lead running back and Maurice is the complimentary running back,’ Schwartz told Detroit reporters. “If both are healthy, then that hasn’t changed at all. But health plays a part in that dynamic. It’s played a part this whole season in that dynamic.” … Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) is getting closer to returning to the lineup, Schwartz said.

Green Bay Packers: Linebacker Brandon Chillar fractured his hand Sunday against Minnesota and was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, coach Mike McCarthy told Wisconsin reporters. … Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has injured toe as well as a sprained foot, but McCarthy said: “I think he'll be fine to play” Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Minnesota Vikings: The congressional subcommittee investigating the Williams Wall lawsuit will convene Tuesday. According to a press release, the hearing will “examine the integrity of the drug-testing programs and policies of professional sports leagues in light of a recent federal court ruling regarding state preemption of these collectively bargained policies.” Among those scheduled to serve as witnesses are NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.