Packers-Bears: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

CB Al Harris
never missed a game in nine-plus NFL seasons, but his streak of 158 contests played is in jeopardy. Harris has been hampered by back spasms the last few weeks and the condition worsened in the second half of Sunday's win at Minnesota. He twice had to come out of the game, the first time after his right hand was stepped on.

Harris was kept out of team drills in practice Wednesday, and he's a big question mark to be available to start against the Bears on Sunday night. If the Packers have to go without Harris, nickel back Jarrett Bush would man the left side.

Rookie RB Brandon Jackson didn't practice Wednesday and is no better than questionable to play Sunday against the Bears. The rookie missed the last game after aggravating a strained shin last week. RB Vernand Morency doesn't appear on the injury report for the first time this season and should have his workload increased some in the upcoming game after making his belated season debut at Minnesota. Morency probably will continue to get his most playing time as the third-down back.

WR Greg Jennings, as planned, won't be put through the paces in team drills until Friday so he can have ample recuperation for the sore hamstring with which he's played the last two games.

LT Chad Clifton was out Wednesday because of an undisclosed illness. Orrin Thompson worked in his place with the No. 1 unit.

FS Nick Collins was limited in practice after suffering a bruised left knee in the last game. He stands a good chance of playing Sunday.

TE Bubba Franks was kept out of most of practice to give him another day for recovery after dealing with knee soreness and swelling the last few weeks.

RS Devin Hester
leads the NFL with a 19.9-yard punt-return average and is seventh in the NFC with a 24.7-yard kickoff-return average.

QB Brian Griese will remain the starting quarterback, although coach Lovie Smith didn't toss around any superlatives when discussing the performance at that position in the first game since Rex Grossman's benching. "We threw the ball a lot," Smith said. "I just think it's hard to find a lot of good in anything you do if you lose the game. That's not the type of effort we need to have from any of our team, (from) me on down. To talk about good things really is pretty hard on a day like today."

S Kevin Payne, who suffered a broken arm late in the first quarter Sunday, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Payne, who played in three games, started last week when the Bears opened the game with an extra defensive back. The fifth-round pick (167th overall) out of Louisiana-Monroe is the third member of the Bears' 2007 draft class to be placed on IR, joining second-round defensive end Dan Bazuin and third-round linebacker Michael Okwo.

S Josh Gattis was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Gattis, who started 33 games at Wake Forest, was a fifth-round pick (150th overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars this year.

DE Mark Anderson has 16 sacks in 20 NFL games, the highest sack rate in team history, and like most players, he well remembers his first.

"Last year Brett Favre was my first guy I got a sack on," said Anderson, who had two last week. "I'm going to use that for motivation again, try to come back out there and get some more pressure on him and try to get this victory." Anderson knows it won't be easy, though. "He's an old guy, but he moves like a young guy," he said. "It's kind of crazy, but I think we'll get him down though."

DT Tommie Harris is tied for third in the NFL among tackles with three sacks, and he had one negated by a penalty last week.

WR Muhsin Muhammad has not had more than 49 receiving yards in any game this season.

CB Charles Tillman (ankle) missed practice. He has at least a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday.

CB Nate Vasher (groin) missed practice Wednesday. He is presumed out for Sunday.

OT John Tait (ankle) missed practice Wednesday. He is presumed out for Sunday.

LB Lance Briggs (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday. He has at least a 50-50 shot of playing Sunday.

RB Adrian Peterson (calf) missed practice Wednesday. He should play Sunday.

OG Ruben Brown (shoulder) had limited participation in practice but is expected to start, as he did last week.

OT Fred Miller (knee) had limited participation in practice but is expected to start, as he did last week.

S Adam Archuleta (broken hand) returned to full practice and expects to play this week.

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