NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 1

CB Al Harris suffered a hyperextended right elbow while blocking on a punt return in the first quarter of the Packers' 16-13 win over the Eagles on Sunday. Harris returned to the game in the second quarter, but had limited range of motion with the arm playing on defense.

His status for the Sept. 16 game at the New York Giants is up in the air. Harris last played on special teams incidentally in 2002 with the Eagles, who traded him to Green Bay the next year.

WR James Jones started in place of an injured Greg Jennings. Jones, who had four receptions for 29 yards, was Green Bay's first rookie receiver to start a season opener since Charles Lee in 2000.

Jennings was deactivated after suffering a hamstring injury in practice Sept. 6. Head coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful Jennings will be available for the Sept. 16 game.

RB Vernand Morency was held out because of lingering soreness from the strained patellar tendon in his right knee sustained on the first day of training camp July 28. Morency is questionable for the next game.

RG Jason Spitz left the game Sunday with a calf cramp and didn't return. Junius Coston relieved Spitz.

CB Will Blackmon wore a cast on his left hand to protect a fractured thumb but was kept off punt returns, replaced by Charles Woodson. Blackmon worked at nickel back when Harris was out for one defensive series.

DT Justin Harrell was deactivated for the game. The team's first-round draft pick this year is fifth on the depth chart at defensive tackle after a rocky preseason.

FS Mike Brown and NT Dusty Dvoracek are both out for the year with knee injuries. For Brown, this will be the third time in four years he'll finish the year on IR and fourth straight season of serious leg ailments. Dvoracek made his NFL debut yesterday after missing all of his rookie season with a foot injury. Both Brown and Dvoracek were injured in the fourth quarter of the Bears' game Sunday against San Diego.

RB Cedric Benson averaged a lackluster 2.3 yards per carry in the preseason but neither he nor the coaches were concerned. But Sunday in the Bears' 14-3 loss to the Chargers he averaged just 2.2 yards on 19 carries and lost a fumble.

WR Bernard Berrian led the Bears with five catches and 83 yards in the opener, supplying almost half their total offense of 202 yards.

WR Muhsin Muhammad was held to one catch for eight yards.

DT Shaun Rogers looked strong Sunday in his first game of any kind since October, causing havoc inside and blocking a field goal in Detroit's 36-21 win over the Raiders in Oakland.

WR Shaun McDonald, considered the fourth receiver, showed he can make an impact by leading the team with six catches for 90 yards.

DE Dewayne White showed why the Lions wanted him so badly in free agency, making two huge plays down the stretch -- an interception that led to a field goal and a strip/fumble recovery that led to a touchdown.

K Jason Hanson went 3-for-3 on field goals, even though two were 46-yarders right on the seam of the grass and baseball dirt.

RB T.J. Duckett suffered a sprained ankle. CB Fernando Bryant had a wrap on his left hand, but he played with it as the Lions rotated players in and out of their secondary.

LB E.J. Henderson had two sacks against the Falcons in his first game back at the middle linebacker spot. Henderson had spent the past two years playing on the weak side but returned to his natural position to replace the departed Napoleon Harris. Chad Greenway took over on the weak side and had a game-high 10 tackles in the Vikings' 24-3 victory in the Metrodome.

RB Mewelde Moore was a surprise inactive Sunday. That left the Vikings with only two running backs (Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson) active. With Taylor injured, fullback Naufahu Tahi saw spot duty at tailback and carried twice for 5 yards.

DE Erasmus James was inactive as he continues the slow recovery process from a knee injury suffered early last season. James has returned to the practice field but wasn't considered close enough to 100 percent to play.

Former Packers WR Robert Ferguson (ankle) and S Mike Doss (calf) were both inactive on Sunday.

QB Tarvaris Jackson earned his first career win. Jackson started the final two games of last season. "It felt good to win the first one especially after last year (when) I went 0-2," he said. "It's a new season and it's good to get the first one out of the way."

P Chris Kluwe had his first game with five punts inside the 20-yard line Sunday, tying a team record.

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