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Friday, September 23, 2011
NFC North Friday injury report

By Kevin Seifert

Getting inside Friday's injury report, which includes the return to practice of a certain rookie defensive tackle in Detroit:

Chicago Bears: We already knew that right tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) and receiver Earl Bennett (chest) wouldn't play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The Bears officially declared them out Friday. Five other players are questionable, however, including: Safety Chris Harris (hamstring), receiver Roy Williams (groin), safety Major Wright (head/neck), guard Lance Louis (ankle) and running back Marion Barber (calf). All will be game-time decisions, but Harris and Williams seem to have a decent chance of playing against the Green Bay Packers.

Detroit Lions: Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) made a much-anticipated return to practice, but he is at least a week away from getting into a game and maybe more. Four players are questionable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings: Receivers Rashied Davis (hamstring) and Maurice Stovall (hand), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (shoulder) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee). Pettigrew missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned Friday. Levy practiced Thursday and Friday and it would be a mild surprise if he doesn't play Sunday. All other players, other than offensive lineman Jason Fox (foot), will be available.

Green Bay Packers: Cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) is probable and expected to start against the Bears. Other than the Packers' three long-term injuries -- defensive end Mike Neal (knee), safety Nick Collins (neck) and linebacker Frank Zombo (shoulder) -- everyone on the roster will be available to play Sunday. That includes linebacker Clay Matthews (quadriceps) and cornerback Charles Woodson (foot).

Minnesota Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice after going home sick Thursday. Harvin is listed as probable, as are six other players. Cornerback Chris Cook (groin) is questionable, but indications all week have been that he will play against the Lions.