Thursday, October 18, 2012
NFC North Thursday practice report
By Kevin Seifert
Let's take a look at Thursday's practice report in the NFC North:
Chicago Bears: Receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand), linebacker Blake Costanzo (thumb), receiver Devin Hester (quadriceps) and punter Adam Podlesh (excused) all missed practice Thursday. Jeffery has already been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, but Costanzo is hoping to return to practice by the weekend. Hester's injury is also not expected to keep him from playing Monday.
Detroit Lions: As we noted earlier, cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) didn't practice, and it's not clear if either will be ready for Monday night's game. Safety Louis Delmas (knee) also sat out, but it is believed to be a rest day for a player who just returned to the lineup last week.
Green Bay Packers: Nose tackle B.J. Raji (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis. Coach Mike McCarthy said Raji will be re-evaluated Friday to determine his availability for Sunday's game at the St. Louis Rams. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) was a full participant. Cornerback Sam Shields (calf) and linebacker Nick Perry (knee) both missed practice again.
Minnesota Vikings: Defensive end Jared Allen (groin) and tailback Adrian Peterson (ankle) both sat out practice Thursday, but coach Leslie Frazier said there is no concern about either player's availability for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Receiver Jerome Simpson was a full participant in practice and appears on track to play, and collect his $59,375, Sunday. Safety Mistral Raymond (foot) retuned to practice on a limited basis, and there is some hope the Vikings could get him back for their Nov. 4 game at the Seattle Seahawks. Finally, defensive lineman Everson Griffen will leave the team Thursday evening for the funeral of his mother, who died last week. Frazier said Griffen will be accompanied by general manager Rick Spielman and will return in time to play Sunday.