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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Checking in on Wednesday news bits in the NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (illness) didn't practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Detroit Lions: Running back Jahvid Best made an appearance at practice Wednesday. He did not participate, but he hadn't been seen anywhere near practice since suffering a concussion last month. Agent Tony Fleming told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Best has been seeing specialists and will be "re-evaluated" when his symptoms subside. Quarterback Matthew Stafford (finger) wore gloves again during practice but was a full participant. Safety Amari Spievey (toe) was among those who did not practice. Meanwhile, Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson opened practice with a full-squad breakdown that ended with "[Expletive] them."

Green Bay Packers: Defensive end Mike Neal (knee) is continuing to increase his workload in practice and hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Running back Ryan Grant (knee) did not practice but should be ready for Sunday's game. Linebacker Desmond Bishop and guard T.J. Lang were attending to personal matters Wednesday and didn't practice.

Minnesota Vikings: Guard Anthony Herrera (knee), safety Husain Abdullah (concussion), linebacker Erin Henderson (hamstring) and long snapper Cullen Loeffler (shoulder) all missed practice. The Vikings will wait another day or so before deciding whether to sign an emergency long-snapper for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.