NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 3

GREEN BAY PACKERS
WR Donald Driver had a record-setting performance in the Packers' 31-24 comeback win over the Chargers on Sunday. A 5-yard diving catch in the end zone in the second quarter was Driver's 214th touchdown reception at Lambeau Field, breaking the previous stadium record of 213 by former Packers teammate Antonio Freeman. Driver had six catches for a game-high 126 yards.

WR Greg Jennings capped his belated season debut with a 57-yard, catch-and-go touchdown to put the Packers ahead to stay at 24-21 with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter. Jennings was cleared to play and start after he was dogged by a hamstring injury since the beginning of the season. He had four catches for 82 yards.

MLB Nick Barnett followed a big touchdown throw from Brett Favre to Jennings with an interception and 38-yard return, setting up a clinching 1-yard touchdown run by rookie Brandon Jackson in the final minute.

RB Vernand Morency continues to be bothered by soreness in his right knee and was sidelined for the third straight game. Morency suffered a sprained patellar tendon in the knee on the first day of training camp. He will be questionable for the upcoming game at Minnesota.

RT Mark Tauscher had the final two years of the six-year, $16.5 contract extension he received during the 2002 season renegotiated. Tauscher reportedly received an additional $2.8 million in roster and workout bonuses this year and next year. His contract still will expire after the 2008 season.

LB Desmond Bishop was deactivated Sunday because of a sprained shoulder. The rookie, who is a key contributor on special teams, suffered the injury in the previous game against the Giants and aggravated it in practice Sept. 20.

OT Orrin Thompson was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday. Thompson was activated for Sunday's game but didn't play. The first-year player, who was cut by the team at the end of the preseason, filled the roster spot that opened when OG Tony Palmer was placed on injured reserve Sept. 20 because of a neck injury.

DT Justin Harrell, the team's first-round draft pick this year, was a healthy inactive for the third straight game.

CHICAGO BEARS
RB Cedric Benson did not touch the ball after fumbling late in the third quarter, although Bears coaches deny he was benched. He finished with 46 yards on 16 carries for a 2.9-yard average.

RS Devin Hester fumbled a punt and repeatedly bobbled the same kickoff in probably his worst game as a Bear. He had one yard on two punt returns and averaged 17.2 yards on five kickoff returns.

DT Tommie Harris, who suffered a season-ending torn hamstring in Game 12 last year, limped off Sunday night with a knee injury and did not return. He was wearing a heavy brace after the game.

LB Lance Briggs left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return.

CB Nate Vasher left in the third quarter with a groin injury and did not return.

DETRIOT LIONS
QB Jon Kitna threw for 446 yards, a Lions record, but he continued to turn over the ball in Detroit's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw an interception in the end zone for the third straight game, and he lost two fumbles.

RB Kevin Jones played for the first time since suffering a bad foot injury Dec. 10. He scored a two-yard touchdown and said he felt good. But he had only three carries for five yards as the Lions abandoned the run playing from behind.

WR Roy Williams had 204 receiving yards, third-most in Lions history.

LB Ernie Sims tied for the team lead with eight tackles. No other Lions linebacker had more than one tackle.

TE Dan Campbell was placed on injured reserve. He is a huge loss because of his blocking ability, but also because he showed last season he could make big catches.

DE Kalimba Edwards did not play because of an ankle injury.

LT Jeff Backus entered the game with rib problems and had to leave because of them. RG Damien Woody suffered a rib injury.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
RB Chester Taylor missed a second consecutive game Sunday at Kansas City because of a hip injury. Adrian Peterson has been getting the majority of carries with Taylor out.

FB Tony Richardson (forearm) missed his second game in a row. Richardson spent the first 11 seasons of his career playing for Kansas City before joining the Vikings in 2006.

WR/KR Troy Williamson sat out against the Chiefs because of a hamstring injury suffered in the previous game against Detroit. Receiver Aundrae Allison returned kicks.

S Mike Doss was active for his first game of the season in Week 3 after having sat out since the second preseason game because of a calf injury.

DE Erasmus James continues to be inactive on game days as he recovers from a knee injury suffered last season. James is practicing on a full-time basis but it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't play in a game until after the Vikings' bye week following Sunday's game against Green Bay at the Metrodome.

P Chris Kluwe had a career-long 70-yard punt in the first quarter on Sunday in Kansas City thanks in part to the wind.


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