NFC North: Hunter Hille
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Typically during the regular season, we try to make sense of the Friday injury report because teams are required to classify each player’s status for the upcoming game. This week, that’s only true for Chicago and Detroit, who play Sunday at Soldier Field. Minnesota and Green Bay don’t have to reveal their injured players’ status until Saturday afternoon, so check back then for final judgments.
OK, on with it:
Chicago Bears: As expected, the Bears almost certainly will be without linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer (ribs) and Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) against the Lions. Both are listed as doubtful. They will be replaced by Nick Roach and Jamar Williams, respectively. Linebacker Lance Briggs (foot) and defensive end Alex Brown (ankle) are listed as questionable but should play. So should tight end Desmond Clark (ribs), who is listed as probable.
Detroit Lions: Defensive linemen Sammie Lee Hill (ankle) and defensive end Dewayne White (hamstring) are both listed as doubtful and are highly unlikely to play against the Bears. Tailback Kevin Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. The same is true for defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) who hasn’t played in three weeks. Avril is also listed as questionable.
Green Bay Packers: Left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) sat out practice again isn’t expected to play against the Vikings. Cornerback Charles Woodson (foot) returned to practice on a limited basis and should have no trouble starting against the Vikings. Defensive linemen Johnny Jolly (abdomen) and B.J. Raji (ankle) were added to the injury reports, but they are likely to play Monday night.
Minnesota Vikings: Left guard Steve Hutchinson (back) sat out practice for the second consecutive day, but his inactivity appears to be precautionary. I’d be really surprised if he’s not available Monday night. But things continue to look bad for punt returner Darius Reynaud (hamstring), who missed practice again Friday.