NFC North: Nathan Hodel

NFC North Friday injury report

December, 18, 2009
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Getting inside the Friday injury report:

Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (calf) missed practice Friday and is expected to sit out his second consecutive game Sunday at Baltimore. He is officially listed as doubtful on the injury report.

Detroit Lions: The Lions won’t have long snapper Don Muhlbach (concussion) Sunday against Arizona. Newcomer Nathan Hodel will handle those duties. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will start in place of Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Safety Louis Delmas (ankle) is questionable but indications are that he will play.

Green Bay Packers: Dime back Brandon Underwood (hip) isn’t likely to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Josh Bell could fill in for him. Nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) is questionable. Coach Mike McCarthy said it’s likely a decision won’t be made on Pickett until Saturday at the earliest.

Minnesota Vikings: Rookie receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) returned to practice and expressed hope that he will play Sunday night at Carolina. That’s not out of the realm of possibility, but he is listed as questionable and is far from a sure bet. Receiver Sidney Rice (illness) is questionable but expected to play.

NFC North at night

December, 17, 2009
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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.

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