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Sunday, January 3, 2010
NFC North pregame notes

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- No surprises or official lineup changes to announce prior to Minnesota’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff, but here’s one situation to monitor.

We discussed last week the possibility of Minnesota limiting cornerback Antoine Winfield’s exposure given the clear impact his sprained foot continues to have. Winfield told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he will play in short yardage and nickel situations only. If that’s the case, Benny Sapp will be the Vikings’ starter at cornerback alongside Cedric Griffin.

Over in Detroit, the Lions confirmed that quarterback Daunte Culpepper will start against Chicago. The Bears will start Nate Vasher in place of injured cornerback Charles Tillman. Their starting safeties will be Craig Steltz and Kevin Payne.