NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 2

RB Vernand Morency was deactivated for the second straight game because of lingering soreness stemming from a strained patellar tendon in his right knee, which he incurred on the first day of training camp July 28. Morency was limited in practice last week and will start this week as questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego.

WR Greg Jennings was held out for the second consecutive contest because of a troublesome hamstring. The No. 2 receiver was bothered by soreness after practicing Thursday. He, too, will be questionable for the upcoming game.

RG Junius Coston made his first pro start in the 35-13 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. The third-year veteran moved to left guard for a series early in the fourth quarter, when Daryn Colledge had to slide outside to left tackle to spell Chad Clifton, who later returned to the game.

RG Jason Spitz was demoted from the starting lineup after missing most of the practice week with a calf injury. Spitz, though, was activated for the game and relieved Junius Coston for a goal-line sequence in the third quarter, then was inserted again at right guard when Coston played left guard.

WR Carlyle Holiday was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a knee injury he aggravated in the Sept. 9 season opener. Holiday was fifth on the depth chart at receiver but was a valuable special-teams performer.

WR Chris Francies was promoted from the practice squad to fill Carlyle Holiday's spot on the 53-man roster. Francies, a second-year player who appeared in seven games with the team last season, was activated for Sunday's game.

FS Danieal Manning, starting in place of Mike Brown, who is lost for the season with a torn ACL, had the Bears' only interception and returned it 33 yards from five yards deep in the end zone.

DT Tommie Harris had two of the Bears four sacks and led the defensive linemen with five solo tackles in their 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Soldier Field.

RB Cedric Benson rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries and has gone over 100 in two of his last three regular-season games.

P Dirk Johnson, who was signed a day before the game to replace Brad Maynard (groin) suffered a bruised quad trying to make a tackle and had to leave the game. Prior to that he punted four times for a 49.8-yard average with a 39.3-yard net.

RS Devin Hester had a 73-yard punt-return touchdown and later had an apparent 95-yard kickoff-return touchdown called back by a holding call.

TE Dan Campbell left Sunday's game with an elbow problem and was scheduled to have an MRI. His status was uncertain.

WR Roy Williams had 111 yards receiving, after posting only 20 in the opener, in Detroit's 20-17 overtime win over Minnesota Sunday at Ford Field. But he also made another big mistake. He fumbled in the fourth quarter, after allowing a ball to bounce off him for an interception last week.

QB J.T. O'Sullivan struggled in relief of Jon Kitna. He went 13-for-23 for 148 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. He fumbled twice, losing one of them.

WR Shaun McDonald had another strong game, catching seven passes for 71 yards.

RB Mewelde Moore, a surprise inactive in Week 1, played against the Lions Sunday in large part because Chester Taylor was out. Moore was used mostly in third-down situations. He carried six times for 50 yards and also caught four passes for 36 yards. It was clear from the way he was used that the coaching staff has more faith in his pass-blocking ability than they do in Peterson's.

WR Troy Williamson left the Lions game because of a hamstring spasm after returning a second quarter kickoff. The move appeared to be more cautionary than anything.

FB Tony Richardson sat out because of a forearm injury. Richardson's 2006 season came to an early end in November because of a broken arm but the veteran said this injury isn't as severe.

DE Erasmus James was inactive for the second consecutive game as he recovers from a knee injury suffered last season. James has been practicing but isn't considered to be ready to go by the coaching staff yet.

DT Fred Evans did not play against the Lions after being active for the season opener. Instead, the Vikings had defensive end Jayme Mitchell on the 45-man game-day roster.

QB Kelly Holcomb, after being obtained near the end of training camp after Brooks Bollinger struggled, has not yet ascended to the No. 2 quarterback role yet. Bollinger, who has now been the backup to Tarvaris Jackson for the first two games, fumbled the snap that led to the Lions' winning field goal in overtime.

WR Robert Ferguson made his regular-season debut in a Vikings uniform in Week 2 after missing the opener because of an ankle injury. Ferguson caught three passes for 29 yards.

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