NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 4

GREEN BAY PACKERS
DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila tied the franchise record for sacks with Reggie White Sunday, giving him 68 1/2 in his career.

CB Al Harris wasn't able to finish the game at Minnesota after enduring a painful second half in which he suffered a hand injury and coped with recurring back spasms.

FS Nick Collins suffered an injury to his left knee in the second quarter but returned to finish the game.

RB Vernand Morency made his season debut after being out with lingering soreness stemming from a sprained patellar tendon in his right knee sustained on the first day of training camp. Morency worked in a third-down role Sunday and had three catches for 33 yards.

RB Brandon Jackson was deactivated for the game after he aggravated a strained shin in practice Sept. 26. Jackson had started at halfback the first three games. Fellow rookie DeShawn Wynn was the starter Sunday.

DT Justin Harrell missed his fourth straight game, though this year's first-round draft pick was a medical scratch for the first time. Harrell suffered a sprained knee in the Sept. 26 practice.

LB Desmond Bishop was out for the second straight game because of a sprained shoulder. The rookie special-teams contributor practiced last week and was probable for the game.

CHICAGO BEARS
RS Devin Hester had 314 return yards vs. the Lions, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD. Hester picked up 219 yards on seven kickoff returns (31.3-yard average) and 95 yards on five punt returns (19.0-yard average).

CB Nate Vasher (groin) could be out another month, even though the Bears listed his as doubtful last Friday.

OLT John Tait left the game in the third quarter with a high ankle sprain and did not return.

QB Brian Griese -- in his first start in almost two years -- completed 34 of 52 passes for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times and sacked six times, finishing with a passer rating of 68.3.

WR Bernard Berrian led the Bears in receiving for the fourth straight week with season bests of eight catches and 99 yards.

DETRIOT LIONS
DT Shaun Rogers blocked a field goal. He has two blocked field goals this season. He has 11 blocked kicks, four more than anyone else in the NFL since 1991.

LT Jeff Backus started his 100th straight game, even though he left the previous game with a strained muscle in his side and didn't have a full week of practice.

RB Kevin Jones scored a touchdown for the second straight game after returning from a serious foot injury. He felt good enough to climb the wall behind the end zone to celebrate with the fans.

CB Fernando Bryant made his first interception since 2003, when he was with Jacksonville.

FB Jon Bradley, who converted from defensive tackle late in the exhibition season, carried the ball for the first time in his career. His three-yard run gave the Lions a first down in the fourth quarter.

WR Calvin Johnson warmed up but didn't play because of a back injury.

DE Kalimba Edwards warmed up but didn't play because of an ankle injury. He has missed two straight games.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries Sunday, tying Chuck Foreman's Vikings record for most 100-yard games by a rookie. Peterson also set a mark for most yards gained from scrimmage after the season's first four games. He has 549 yards from scrimmage; Robert Smith had 512 after the first four games in 1997.

LT Bryant McKinnie had to leave Sunday's game because of food poisoning that had affected him during the week. With McKinnie out, Artis Hicks moved from right guard to left tackle and Anthony Herrera came in at right guard.

DE Ray Edwards suffered a bruised hip. X-rays proved negative but further tests were planned for Monday.

RB Chester Taylor returned after missing two games because of a hip injury. Taylor carried eight times for 40 yards but 37 of those came on one run. With Taylor and Adrian Peterson both active for only the second time this season, running back Mewelde Moore was the odd man out.

DE Erasmus James continues to sit out games as he recovers from a knee injury suffered last season. It's uncertain at this point when James will be allowed to return. He has been practicing so that is not an issue.


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