Thursday, December 31, 2009
NFC North at night
By Kevin Seifert
Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (calf) and safety Kevin Payne (ankle) both had full practices Thursday and seem on track to play Sunday at Detroit. Safety Al Afalava (knee), receiver Johnny Knox (ankle) and safety Danieal Manning (calf) did not practice.
Detroit Lions: As we noted earlier, the Lions sold out Sunday’s season finale. … Safety Louis Delmas (ankle) and linebacker Larry Foote (foot) missed practice. Delmas seems to have a better chance than Foote of playing Sunday.
Green Bay Packers: Linebacker Brandon Chillar (back) sat out his second consecutive day of practice, but fellow linebacker Nick Barnett (knee) participated fully. So did left tackle Chad Clifton (knee) and defensive end Johnny Jolly (foot). Nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) didn’t practice and doesn’t seem likely to play Sunday at Arizona. The same goes for safety Derrick Martin (ankle).
Minnesota Vikings: Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (thumb) missed his second consecutive day of practice. If he can’t play Sunday against the New York Giants, the Vikings could be short-handed at the position. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (thigh) returned to practice on a limited basis. Starter Pat Williams (elbow) was limited in practice Thursday and isn’t a sure bet to play.