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Catching up on Monday's happenings around the NFC North....
Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett, who is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list as he rehabilitates his knee, said he expects to begin practicing in time to play in the third preseason game Aug. 28 at Arizona. Here's more from Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Coach Mike McCarthy said Barnett is due for a status check next week. The Packers also have lost defensive lineman Johnny Jolly (sprained right ankle) for about a week, McCarthy said.
Rookie linebacker Clay Matthews is rotating into the first-team defense with Jeremy Thompson. McCarthy: "We've been very pleased with the progress Clay has made so far, so we've split the reps."
In Chicago, defensive lineman Marcus Harrison said he hopes to begin practicing by this weekend, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. Harrison has been on the non-football injury list since reporting to training camp overweight.
Here are Jeff Dickerson's daily Bears notes over on ESPN Chicago. Among the highlights: Tailback Matt Forte got considerably more work in team drills Monday. The Bears seemed to have been protecting him after he was slowed by a hamstring injury in the offseason.
In Detroit, quarterback Matthew Stafford made quick work of the Lions defense during a two-minute drill. Stafford had the advantage of working with the first-team offense. Here are accounts of Stafford's performance from Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com and John Niyo of the Detroit News.