|WR Devin Hester||Calf||Questionable|
|OT Orlando Pace||Groin||Questionable|
|LB Lance Briggs||Knee||Probable|
|DT Tommie Harris||Knee||Probable|
|LB Hunter Hillenmeyer||Groin||Probable|
|DT Israel Idonije||Knee||Probable|
Green Bay Packers
|LB Jeremy Thompson||Neck||OUT|
|DT Ryan Pickett||Hamstring||Doubtful|
|DE Johnny Jolly||Knee||Questionable|
|LB Nick Barnett||Knee||Probable|
|OT Chad Clifton||Hamstring||Probable|
|TE Jermichael Finley||Knee||Probable|
|DE Cullen Jenkins||Hamstring||Probable|
|DT B.J. Raji||Ankle||Probable|
|CB Charles Woodson||Shoulder||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Packers Defense
The Packers placed pass-rushing linebacker Aaron Kampman on injured reserve this week (knee). Brad Jones, who has started three of the last four games on the outside, registered a sack against the Ravens on Monday. Veteran cornerback Al Harris was lost for the season due to a knee injury prior to Thanksgiving. Tramon Williams has been starting for him. Nose tackle Ryan Pickett is nursing a hamstring. If he is limited or cannot play, it will mean more opportunities for rookie B.J. Raji. Raji, Johnny Jolly (knee) and Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) are all a bit dinged. Linebacker Nick Barnett continues to get extra rest for his knee issues. He's expected to play.
The Packers have the league's top-ranked defense in terms of yardage allowed and are in the top five against both the run and pass. The player to keep an eye on is rookie Clay Matthews, who has four sacks in the last four games. The Bears have been trying to run the ball with more frequency to stay away from costly turnovers. Green Bay has 21 interceptions, bolstered by their four thefts against Jay Cutler in Week 1. Look for the Bears to play it closer to the vest Sunday at Soldier Field, as well as setting up play action to work against Tramon Williams.
Packers Offense vs. Bears Defense
Weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs (knee) is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday. Jamar Williams excelled in his place last week (20 tackles, two passes defensed) and may see some action against Green Bay in a different position. Middle linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has been slowed by a groin injury but is expected to be ready for action. Williams might spell Hillenmeyer given his injury. Israel Idonije and Tommie Harris missed some practice due to knee problems but should be fully ready to go for Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 45 times but has only thrown seven interceptions and has still managed to complete over 65 percent of his passes. Those numbers are outstanding considering the pressure he has faced. For the Bears to win, they'll need to get pressure from their front four alone and then slow down the Packers' wideouts with jams and tight coverage, thus giving the rush the time to work. If the Bears continue to play soft coverage on Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, it will be yet another long afternoon.
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