Friday, October 14, 2011
NFC North Friday injury report
By Kevin Seifert
Getting inside the Friday injury report, including a newly-broken hand of a starting defensive player in Green Bay:
Chicago Bears: We've already discussed the situation with defensive end Julius Peppers, who is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a sprained knee. I wouldn't rule Peppers out for sure, but he obviously will be limited if he does play. Meanwhile, receiver Earl Bennett (torso) is listed as questionable but seems unlikely to play Sunday night.
Detroit Lions: Linebacker Justin Durant (concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion) won't play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Neither will safety Vincent Fuller (elbow). Cornerback Aaron Berry, receiver Rashied Davis, offensive lineman Jason Fox and safety Amari Spievey are questionable. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports Berry and Spievey are likely to play.
Green Bay Packers: Safety Morgan Burnett broke his right hand Thursday in practice but is probable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He'll have to play with some sort of hard wrap on the hand, but he told reporters: "They’re telling me I’m able to go." The Packers don't have a lot of options. With safety Nick Collins already lost for the season, the Packers have only one backup safety: Rookie free agent M.D. Jennings, who took Burnett's place in practice Friday. They'll have to hope Burnett can play well enough despite a significant restriction. Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga (knee) was listed as probable as well and is expected to start at right tackle Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings: It's not looking good for cornerback Antoine Winfield, who hasn't practiced all week because of a neck injury. He is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game. Receiver Percy Harvin (ribs) is listed as questionable, but he practiced Friday and coach Leslie Frazier said: "I think he should be ready."