Friday, December 4, 2009
NFC North Friday injury report
By Kevin Seifert
Getting inside the Friday injury report:
Chicago Bears: Offensive lineman Orlando Pace (groin) and linebacker Lance Briggs (knee) are listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against St. Louis. Neither are expected to play.
Detroit Lions: Receiver Eric Fowler (knee) and safety Kalvin Pearson (hamstring) won’t play Sunday against Cincinnati. … Safety Louis Delmas (ankle), guard Daniel Loper (back), linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring) and defensive end Dewayne White (toe) are all listed as questionable. Loper isn’t expected to play. Delmas and Sims both have a good chance.
Green Bay Packers: There was a frightening situation at the end of practice Friday when linebacker Jeremy Thompson suffered what coach Mike McCarthy termed a “neck stinger.” Thompson remained on the ground and eventually was taken to a hospital. Teammates told reporters that Thompson had movement in his hands and feet. Here is coverage from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and ESPN Milwaukee. … Rookie offensive lineman T.J. Lang suffered a concussion in Thursday’s practice and did not participate Friday. That leaves the Packers hoping that starter Chad Clifton (hamstring) will recover in time to start Monday night against Baltimore. Green Bay will release status designations on Saturday.
Minnesota Vikings: I’ve given up trying to guess when cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) will return. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier acknowledged that Winfield had a setback last week. Although he again made it through a full week of practice, I’ll believe Winfield is returning when I see him on the field. … Right guard Anthony Herrera practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion two weeks ago, but his availability for Sunday night’s game at Arizona is questionable at best. The remainder of the Vikings’ questionable players -- running back Chester Taylor (ribs) and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs) -- are expected to play.