- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Catching up on a few personnel notes in the NFC North:
Detroit Lions: Tailback Cedric Peerman is expected to be promoted from the practice squad to replace Kevin Smith (knee) on the active roster, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com reports that the Lions also placed tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) on injured reserve, signed free agent tight end Michael Matthews and claimed kick returner Brian Witherspoon off waivers from Jacksonville.
Green Bay Packers: Receiver Patrick Williams was promoted from the practice squad. Receiver Biren Ealy was released. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was indicted again on drug possession charges in the Houston area. Here's a full report from Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Minnesota Vikings: Linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for the final three games of the regular season and the Vikings’ first playoff game for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Linebacker J Leman was promoted from the practice squad. Henderson’s older brother, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, was placed on injured reserve last week after fracturing his left femur.