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Thursday, September 29, 2011
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Updating a few key injury situations in the NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Safety Chris Harris (hamstring) was held out of Thursday's practice after participating on Wednesday, making his status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers uncertain at best. Tight end Matt Spaeth (calf) missed his second consecutive practice, and running back Kahlil Bell (back) was sidelined Thursday as well. Marion Barber (calf) has made it through consecutive practices with no limitations.

Detroit Lions: Linebacker Justin Durant (concussion) hasn't been cleared yet to return to practice and would be replaced by Bobby Carpenter if he can't play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Durant has been the Lions' leading tackler through three games with a total of 21.

Green Bay Packers: Linebacker Clay Matthews (quadriceps) and cornerback Pat Lee (back) returned to practice Thursday. Neither Ryan Grant (kidney) nor right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) practiced.

Minnesota Vikings: All players participated in at least a portion of practice, including tailback Adrian Peterson (calf) and linebacker E.J. Henderson (knee).