Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday injury report
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
As we ramp up into regular season mode here on the NFC North blog, I’ll keep you updated with significant injuries either through separate posts -- as we did with Detroit place-kicker Jason Hanson earlier Wednesday -- or a roundup post like this one. It will all culminate at the end of the week, when we’ll do our best to interpret the Friday injury report that assigns the likelihood of each player being active for game day.
Chicago: Cornerback Charles Tillman had full participation in practice for the first time since having back surgery earlier this summer. Tillman said this week that he had a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday night against Green Bay. Teams often try to shield the status of key players, but in this case I really don’t think the Bears know for sure yet. On the other hand, it seems that safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) might not make it back to the starting lineup and instead will be relegated to nickel duties.
Detroit: Cornerback Anthony Henry (shoulder) fully participated in practice, but fellow cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck) was limited. Other limited players included defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee), receiver Dennis Northcutt (hand) and defensive end Jason Hunter (ribs). I expect Jackson and Henry to play Sunday at New Orleans. We’ll find out more about the rest later this week.
Green Bay: Rookie defensive lineman B.J. Raji (ankle) is going to have to hustle to get on the field. Coach Mike McCarthy said tests performed Tuesday didn’t go well, making it unlikely Raji will play against the Bears. Neither Raji nor tailback Brandon Jackson (ankle) nor cornerback Will Blackmon (quadriceps) practiced Wednesday.
Minnesota: Receiver Bernard Berrian (hamstring) was limited in practice but everyone expects him to play Sunday at Cleveland. The status of tight end Jim Kleinsasser, who injured his hand during the preseason, is less clear. He was limited Wednesday in practice as well.