Packers-Bears: Player notes

Injury updates, notes on two rivals that meet this Sunday night

CB Al Harris
nearly finished the game Sunday at Minnesota in considerable pain with his back. Harris twice had to come out in the second half, including for what turned out to be the final defensive play on Atari Bigby's interception that cemented a 23-16 win.

Coach Mike McCarthy indicated Monday that Harris, who has been stung by back spasms the last two weeks, is a big question mark to recover in time for the Sunday night matchup against the Bears.

QB Brett Favre shattered Dan Marino's milestone of 420 with a 16-yard throw to Greg Jennings with 4:56 left in the first quarter to start the scoring in the game.

"We didn't see it as a distraction," McCarthy said. "I think the way he handled it and the humility he showed and the focus he kept putting on the team was clearly evident in how everybody viewed that day. It was great for him to get the record, but more importantly, for us to win the game."

Favre's 422nd TD pass was a 33-yard strike to rookie James Jones in the fourth quarter, putting the Packers safely ahead at 23-9.

WR Greg Jennings will be held out of practice until Friday. Coach Mike McCarthy wants to give Jennings ample time to recover from a sore hamstring that's been nagging him the last few weeks so the starter can play Sunday against the Bears.

CB Charles Woodson isn't expected to practice until the end of the week. He came out of the game with a sore left foot, which, coupled with a hip flexor injury, kept him out of practice most of last week.

FS Nick Collins suffered a bruised left knee in Sunday's win at Minnesota and will be limited when practice resumes Wednesday. Collins went down after tackling Adrian Peterson on a 55-yard run in the second quarter but returned to finish the game.

RB Brandon Jackson is questionable to be back on the field Wednesday. The rookie, who started the first three games, was sidelined Sunday because of a strained shin he aggravated in practice last week.

RB Vernand Morency will be limited in practice Wednesday. Morency experienced lingering knee soreness after playing in his first game of the season Sunday.

WR Ruvell Martin had two clutch catches for 52 yards, including a 36-yard reception against the Vikings.

RB DeShawn Wynn was no better in his first NFL start than fellow rookie Brandon Jackson as the starter in the previous three games. Wynn gained but 20 yards on 10 carries.

TE Greg Olsen,
the Bears' first-round draft pick, was hardly on the field at all and didn't catch a pass.

WR Bernard Berrian leads the Bears by wide margins with 24 catches and 320 yards, but he has four drops over the past two games.

KR-WR Devin Hester, who had 314 return yards, caught his first NFL pass with 6:36 left in half for a three-yard gain.

DL Israel Idonije, who blocked two field goals earlier in the season, blocked an extra-point attempt Sunday.

RB Cedric Benson entered Sunday's game averaging just 3.2 yards per carry and didn't do much to improve it, picking up just 50 yards on 15 attempts for a 3.3-yard average. He also fumbled for the third time this season, only this time he didn't lose it because the ball was popped out of his grasp by Lions linebacker Ernie Sims with such force that it bounced and rolled all the way out of bounds.

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