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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Checking in on key injury situations as the NFC North practice week begins:

Chicago Bears: Center Olin Kreutz (ribs), tight end Desmond Clark (ribs) and safety Kevin Payne (back) did not practice. Coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he believes Kreutz will play Sunday night against Philadelphia.

Detroit Lions: Safety Kalvin Pearson (hamstring), guard Stephen Peterman (ankle), linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring), defensive end Dewayne White (toe) and receiver Derrick Williams (hip) all sat out practice. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, White is the most likely of that group to play Sunday against Cleveland.

Green Bay Packers: Tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) practiced for the first time in three weeks. His availability for Sunday’s game against San Francisco remains in question. … Linebacker Aaron Kampman (concussion) returned to practice after missing one game. … Those who sat out practice include: linebacker Desmond Bishop (ankle), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (ankle) and linebacker Brady Poppinga (quadriceps).

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) participated in practice on a limited basis but said nothing has occurred to suggest he won’t be able to play Sunday against Seattle. A final decision won’t come until Sunday morning, but it appears only a setback will keep Winfield off the field.