Friday, November 12, 2010
NFC North Friday injury report
By Kevin Seifert
Getting inside the Friday injury report, including some interesting machinations among the Minnesota receiving corps.
Chicago Bears: Two players are listed as questionable, but center Olin Kreutz (hamstring) and cornerback Zack Bowman (foot) both seem likely to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Kreutz returned to practice Friday and should make his 127th consecutive start, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Kreutz: "This time of year no one's at full strength. I'm not concerned about it. You just show up and play."
Detroit Lions: Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee) is listed as doubtful and not expected to play Sunday at the Buffalo Bills. We already knew that quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) and place-kicker Jason Hanson (knee) weren't playing. Defensive end Cliff Avril (quadriceps) didn't practice Friday and is very questionable for Sunday. Three of the Lions' starting defensive backs are also questionable: Safety C.C. Brown (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (shoulder) and cornerback Alphonso Smith (shoulder). Houston and Smith seem likely to play. All other players should be available. Stafford, meanwhile, will have his shoulder examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews.
Minnesota Vikings: Coach Brad Childress initially said receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) would be listed as doubtful, but officially Harvin is questionable. Harvin practiced Friday, and unless there is more going on behind the scenes, should be available Sunday against the Bears. Receiver Sidney Rice could be added to the active roster Saturday, but he seemed hesitant about returning before his hip is fully healed. Cornerback Asher Allen (concussion) isn't expected to play, meaning rookie Chris Cook likely will start and Lito Sheppard will serve as the nickel back. Look out.