North Division notes

Minnesota running back Michael Bennett returned to practice this week and is aiming for a return to action vs. the Packers on Nov. 2, according to the Vikings.<p>

Bennett was removed from the physically unable to perform list after sitting out all season so far. The running back had surgery in July for a fracture in his left foot.

Bennett, who rushed for 1,296 yards last year - including 250 over two games against Green Bay - and played in the Pro Bowl, had surgery in July to repair a broken bone in his left foot.

Bennett could be waiting to greet the Packers when they return from this week's bye. Green Bay plays at the Metrodome Nov. 2. Last season Bennett rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries in the team's first meeting, a 31-21 Minnesota victory in the Metrodome on Nov. 17, 2002. Green Bay won the rematch 26-24 in Lambeau Field on Dec. 8, 2002, but Bennett made himself heard with 120 yards on 19 carries. Despite the big numbers, Bennett did not score a touchdown last season against the Pack.

Under league rules, the team can delay Bennett's return for up to three weeks after removing him from the PUP list. After that, they will add him to the active roster and make a cut to fit him in.

Minnesota (6-0) hosts the Giants this week. If they beat New York, Green Bay will face an unbeaten rival this late in the season since the eventual SB XX champion Bears came into Lambeau Field with an 8-0 mark Nov. 3, 1985.

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