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Thursday, December 17, 2009
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (calf) missed another day of practice. Receivers coach Darryl Drake, meanwhile, tried to clarify Hester’s comments about the team’s upcoming offseason in this post from ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson. … Linebacker Jamar Williams (ankle) did not practice.

Detroit Lions: Long-snapper Don Muhlbach’s concussion forced the Lions to sign free agent long snapper Nathan Hodel. The Lions also claimed guard Roy Schuening off waivers from Oakland. They released fullback Terrelle Smith and tight end Dan Gronkowski to make room on the roster. Safety Louis Delmas (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) were among those who did not practice.

Green Bay Packers: Linebacker Nick Barnett (knee) returned to practice. Cornerback Brandon Underwood (hip) missed practice for the second consecutive day.

Minnesota Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) missed another day of practice, making it more difficult to imagine he will be available for Sunday night’s game against Carolina. Receiver Sidney Rice (illness) did not practice because of an illness.