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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Catching up on a newsy Tuesday:

Detroit Lions: Two previously-injured players participated in a post-bye practice -- quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) and defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill -- and the Lions unveiled a slightly reconfigured offensive line. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, veteran Jon Jansen has replaced the rotation of Manny Ramirez and Daniel Loper at left guard. When asked what he learned about Stafford’s bye-week progress during Tuesday’s practice, coach Jim Schwartz said: “Nothing.” Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) did not participate Tuesday.

Green Bay Packers: Receiver Jake Allen was promoted from the practice squad to take the roster spot of receiver Brett Swain, who was placed on injured reserve (knee). Allen made some intriguing plays during the time I spent at Green Bay’ training camp.

Minnesota Vikings: There will be a Congressional hearing on the Williams Wall case, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The inquiry will come before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection on Nov. 3, the Tuesday of the Vikings’ bye week. This stuff is way out of my lane. But according to Murphy, the NFL is asking Congress to pass a federal law that would invalidate the Minnesota state laws that thus far has allowed both players to avoid a four-game suspension.