Packers-Bears: Post-game notes

Favre injures hand, forearm during game

Brett Favre injured his right throwing hand after throwing a 27-yard pass to tight end Donald Lee late in the third quarter. Favre hit his hand on the helmet of defensive tackle Ian Scott while following through on the pass. The veteran quarterback sustained a cut on his hand but did not leave the game.

"He certainly had a couple of legitimate hits that were put on him that were significant," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

"It was a physical game. It was a Bear-Packer rivalry type of game. There was some blood-letting going on on both sides of the ball. Certainly, he had his share of hits on him, and we tried to protect him from that. We didn't do that today," Sherman said.

Favre, who entered the media room with a bandaged right arm and hand, sustained a bruise on his right forarm during the game. He also said he has a large blister on his left foot.

"Tonight, tomorrow, it probably will really be sore," Favre said about his hand. "As long as I'm involved in the game, I might as well keep going. Once you start sittin' there's no coming back."

-- Tight end Bubba Franks sustained an "arm stinger" injury while attempting to catch a pass from Favre during Green Bay's first series of the game. Franks left the game and did not return.

Franks was taken to the hospital in Philadelphia last Sunday after suffering neck and back injuries after getting hit from behind while attempting to catch a pass from Favre. Franks returned to practice on Friday and Saturday.

"We had a three tight end package that we were using; we opened the game with it, actually," Sherman said. "(Franks' injury) took us out of that. He's a point man in our run game."

-- Offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer had leg cramps and left for a few series during the second half. He was replaced by rookie Will Whitticker, who had started the previous 11 games at right guard. Whitticker played a couple of series in the second half before Ruegamer returned.

-- Linebacker Paris Lenon injured his right hand/finger early in the third quarter while making tackle on Thomas Jones. It appeared that Lenon collided with linebacker Robert Thomas, who also had Jones wrapped up. Lenon was taken to the locker room for X-rays. Lenon, who started in place of the injured Na'il Diggs (knees), was replaced by rookie Brady Poppinga at outside linebacker.

Carroll shines on kickoff returns
The Packers, ranked last in the league in kickoff returns, used three different players against the Bears. Last Sunday against the Eagles, the Packers fumbled the ball away on two kickoff returns. ReShard Lee, who had served as the primary kickoff returner for the past month and a half, was placed on injured reserve last week with an undisclosed rib injury.

Antonio Chatman, who normally returns punts, started the game as the Packers' kickoff returner. He only averaged 12.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

Cornerback Ahmad Carroll was inserted for Chatman midway through the fourth quarter and was fairly impressive. Carroll returned two kickoffs for 43 yards, a 21.5-yard average. Carroll entered the game having returned two kickoffs for 34 yards (17.0 avg. per return).

Andrae Thurman, who fumbled a kickoff last week that resulted in a late field goal for the Eagles in Green Bay's 19-14 loss, returned the final kickoff of the game for 23 yards.

Thomas in, Diggs out
Weak-side linebacker Robert Thomas, who missed the previous two games with bruised quadriceps, returned to the starting lineup Sunday. Thomas played the entire game and finished with three tackles.

Strong-side linebacker Na'il Diggs, who has been bothered by MCL injuries to both knees this season, was not activated for the game. Paris Lenon started in place of Diggs, before he sustained a hand/finger injury in the third quarter.

Did not suit up
The following Packers players did not suit up for Sunday's game: CB Patrick Dendy, LB Na'il Diggs, G/T Junius Coston, C Chris White, DT Donnell Washington, DT Corey Williams. QB Craig Nall was the designated third quarterback.

The following Bears players were inactive: CB Daven Holly, RB Cedric Benson, S Brandon McGowan, OL Lennie Friedman, OL Qasim Mitchell, G Steve Edwards, DL Michael Haynes. QB Rex Grossman was the designated third quarterback.

Extra points
-- Safety Mark Roman got his first interception of the season in the first quarter when he intercpeted a tipped pass thrown by Chicago quarterback Kyle Orton.

-- Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher led all defenders with 13 tackles. Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs had 11 tackles.

-- Safety Nick Collins led the Packers with six tackles.

-- With his two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Samkon Gado tied Gerry Ellis and Brent Fullwood for most rushing touchdowns by a Packers rookie with five.

-- Gametime weather: Sunny, 24 degrees.

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