Friday, December 11, 2009
NFC North Friday injury report
By Kevin Seifert
Getting inside quite a newsy injury report:
Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (calf) and offensive lineman Orlando Pace (groin) are both listed as questionable, but it’s very possible that neither will play Sunday against Green Bay. Hester didn’t practice all week, including a glorified walk-through on Friday. ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports that Pace might dress for Sunday's game but won't start, leaving Chris Williams as the left tackle. All other players will be available for the game.
Detroit Lions: Tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) won’t play Sunday against Baltimore. It’s unlikely that defensive lineman Andre Fluellen (groin) will either. Like quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder), Fluellen is listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle Joe Cohen (knee) and offensive lineman Daniel Loper (back) are questionable and will be game-time decisions.
Green Bay Packers: Nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) is doubtful to play against the Bears, meaning rookie B.J. Raji likely will make his first career start at nose tackle. Defensive end Johnny Jolly (knee) returned to practice Friday and is questionable but is likely to play.
Minnesota Vikings: Safety Tyrell Johnson (concussion) is doubtful and almost certainly won’t play Sunday against Cincinnati. Rookie Jamarca Sanford will get the start. The Vikings are keeping their fingers crossed about receiver Percy Harvin, who missed his third consecutive day of practice because of migraines. The hope is that the migraines will dissipate before Sunday, but there is no way to predict when that will happen. If offensive lineman Phil Loadholt (shoulder) can’t play, he’ll likely be replaced by Artis Hicks. Cornerback Cedric Griffin (neck) is questionable but is expected to play. The status of cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) will be determined Sunday morning.