NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 8

RB Brandon Jackson has slid to fourth on the depth chart at halfback after opening the season as the starter. This year's second-round draftee suffered a strained shin in Week 3 and hasn't been activated since, although he has been fully recovered for three weeks.

-- TE Bubba Franks won't play in the tonight at Denver because of a sprained knee suffered in the previous game, Oct. 14 against Washington. Franks will be questionable to return for the Packers' game at Kansas City on Sunday.

-- OL Junius Coston will be held out for the second straight game because of a sprained ankle. Jason Spitz, who was replaced by Coston for four straight games, was back at right guard Monday, where he started in the season opener. Spitz started for injured center Scott Wells in the previous game.

-- DT Justin Harrell is expected to be out at least another week after sustaining a badly sprained ankle in practice Oct. 23. This year's first-round draft pick has appeared in only two games.

-- CB Will Blackmon remains on the 53-man roster, although a decision could be made as soon as today on whether to put him on injured reserve. Blackmon sustained a broken foot in practice in early October and has missed the last three games.

QB Brian Griese was intercepted four times and finished with by far the lowest passer rating of his five starts, 38.3, in Chicago's 16-7 loss to the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field.

-- MLB Brian Urlacher, who was unofficially credited with just four tackles Sunday, told earlier in the weekend that he has an arthritic back condition. He traveled to Pittsburgh last week to have an MRI there, but coach Lovie Smith said there's nothing that should keep him from playing on Sundays.

-- DT Tommie Harris had one of the Bears' four sacks, giving him a career and team-best seven for the season.

-- TE Greg Olsen tied for the team lead with six catches and had a Bears-best 59 receiving yards, including their only touchdown, on a 20-yard reception.

-- RB Cedric Benson rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries and a long gain of 12 yards. He still doesn't have a run longer than 16 yards this season..

RB Kevin Jones had 105 yards rushing Sunday at Chicago. It was his first 100-yard rushing game in almost a year, since Nov. 5 against Atlanta. He had 23 carries five games into his return from a bad foot injury.

-- WR Calvin Johnson made some big plays on the Lions' lone touchdown drive Sunday -- catches for 21 and 23 yards, then an 11-yard end around. But he aggravated a back injury on the end around and didn't play much afterward. Coach Rod Marinelli said he was fine.

-- CB Travis Fisher started Sunday, and Marinelli said the Lions had such good competition at corner that no one better get hurt. But Fisher left the game with a back injury in the third quarter.

-- TE Courtney Anderson was released to make room on the roster for S LaMarcus Hicks, whom the Lions signed off the practice squad because Idrees Bashir was out with a ribs injury.

-- DE Kalimba Edwards did not play because of a knee injury, so Dewayne White moved from left end to right end..

RB Adrian Peterson started ahead of Chester Taylor on Sunday and finished with 20 carries for 70 yards in the Vikings' 23-16 loss to Philadelphia in the Metrodome. Taylor, who was bothered by a groin injury, had six carries for 19 yards. Peterson is expected to remain in the starting role.

-- RT Ryan Cook suffered a separated shoulder in the third quarter against Philadelphia. He was administered a pain-killing shot and returned to the game. Cook underwent an MRI on Monday.

-- WR Bobby Wade underwent tests Monday after hyper-extending his knee in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

-- DE Erasmus James continues to be bothered by a shoulder injury and did not play for the sixth time in seven games this season. James missed the first four games while recovering from a knee injury he suffered early in the 2006 campaign. He then played against Chicago on Oct. 14 but hasn't suited up for the past two games.

-- FS Dwight Smith missed a second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Smith continued to be replaced by veteran Tank Williams.

-- LB Vinny Ciurciu (ankle), who contributes on all the special teams, also missed a second consecutive game.

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