NFC North: Friday injury report

NFC North Friday injury report

October, 30, 2009
Posted by’s Kevin Seifert

Getting inside the Friday injury report:

Chicago Bears: The only player unlikely to be available is backup defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (calf), who is listed as doubtful. All other players should be ready for Sunday’s game against Cleveland. That includes defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee), who had full participation in practice all week.

Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) and receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) are questionable for Sunday’s game against St. Louis. Coach Jim Schwartz said both players will be game-time decisions, but he spoke positively about each. “Both of them have made a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks,” Schwartz said. Defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (ankle) is also questionable but seems to have a decent chance of playing. Defensive end Jason Hunter (ankle) is out.

Green Bay Packers: Tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and center Jason Spitz (back) are doubtful, meaning they have a 25 percent chance of playing. Not likely for either. That means Scott Wells will start again at center. Left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) is questionable, but there have been indications that rookie T.J. Lang will make the start. Safety Derrick Martin (hamstring) and defensive end Jarius Wynn (hamstring).

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) is out of Sunday’s game. The Vikings’ primary question marks are receivers Bernard Berrian (hamstring) and Percy Harvin (illness). It’s a good sign that Harvin returned to practice Friday and he’s likely to have his usual role Sunday. Berrian will be a game-time decision.
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

As promised last week, the following is our latest attempt to interpret Friday's injury report in the NFC North:


What it means: Nothing unusual this week. The Bears added Forte to the report Friday but coach Lovie Smith assured Chicago-area reporters that Forte would play Sunday at Carolina.


What it means: Lenon and Sims are both expected to start Sunday against Green Bay. Lenon, however, is likely to rotate with rookie Jordon Dizon.


What it means: Grant participated in all of Friday's practice, an encouraging sign as he tries to work through a sore hamstring. He seems likely to play barring a setback. Woodson should also play despite sitting out practice all week. Martin will be available to play, but the Packers could give him a week off if they wanted -- considering Jones will return this week.


What it means: Artis Hicks was very limited in practice this week and the Vikings will push it until game time before deciding whether he can start at left tackle. If not, untested Marcus Johnson would start in his place. Johnson is a natural right-side player and would have a tough matchup against Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney. Maurice Hicks looks like he could miss his second consecutive game.