NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 9

RB Brandon Jackson FS Nick Collins suffered a potentially serious injury to his left knee early in the third quarter of Green Bay's 33-22 win Sunday at Kansas City. Collins didn't return to the game and was replaced by rookie Aaron Rouse.

-- DT Corey Williams was knocked out of the game a few plays after Collins left, sustaining an unspecified injury to his right knee. Williams had two sacks in the first half.

-- RB Ryan Grant suffered a possible concussion and left the game in the fourth quarter. Grant made his first pro start and finished with 19 carries for 55 yards, along with four catches for 37 yards.

-- WR Koren Robinson played in his first game in more than a year. He had a situational role on offense, catching three passes for 18 yards. He served as the primary kickoff returner, averaging 20 yards in three runbacks. Robinson was reinstated by the league Oct. 18 after serving a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the substance-abuse policy.

-- C Scott Wells was inserted in Sunday's game in the second quarter and played the rest of the way. Wells had been sidelined the previous two games because of a fractured eye socket and then pneumonia.

-- OL Jason Spitz made his third straight start at center, then shifted to his natural spot at right guard when Scott Wells came in. Spitz took over for Tony Moll at right guard.

--TE Bubba Franks was out for the second straight game because of a sprained knee. He figures to be questionable to return for Sunday's contest against Minnesota.

RB Adrian Peterson was "held" to 112 yards rushing in a 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 4.

Given Peterson's rushing output since that game, the Packers likely would be very happy to see a repeat performance on Sunday when they play host to the Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Peterson's most recent display of dominance came Sunday at the Metrodome when he set an NFL single-game record by rushing for 296 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 35-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

That broke the mark of 295 yards established by Baltimore's Jamal Lewis on Sept. 14, 2003 when he also had 30 attempts against Cleveland.

"With the mindset I had and the guys I have up front I know anything is possible," Peterson said when asked if he was surprised to get to 296 yards. "That is why I continue to work on the things, working hard in practice like it's a game and really just keeping myself in shape and ready to go out and make things happen on Sunday."

-- QB Tarvaris Jackson had to leave Sunday's game after suffering a concussion late in the second quarter. Jackson was hit from behind after going to the turf by Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper. The quarterback estimated he was knocked out for two minutes but said after the game he felt fine. Brooks Bollinger replaced Jackson and completed seven of 10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings rallied. Coach Brad Childress, however, said Jackson remains his starting quarterback, provided he is healthy.

-- WR Robert Ferguson suffered a concussion and was to undergo tests Monday.

-- WR Troy Williamson missed Sunday's game because he was spending time with his family after the death of his grandmother. The funeral for Williamson's grandma was planned for Monday and he's expected to return to the team Wednesday.

-- CB Antoine Winfield sat out Sunday because of a hamstring injury. He was replaced by rookie Marcus McCauley at the left corner. It was only the third game Winfield has missed in three-plus seasons with the Vikings and the first time he has sat out since the 2004 season.

-- S Dwight Smith returned after a two-game absence because of a hamstring injury.

-- DE Erasmus James was active for only the second game this season. James has been bothered by knee and shoulder problems this season.

DT Shaun Rogers was dominant Sunday against Denver. He returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown in Detroit's blowout win over Denver at Ford Field. He had 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries.

-- QB Jon Kitna has gone three games without an interception, and the Lions have won three in a row. He went 16-for-31 for 252 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos.

-- P Nick Harris dropped two punts inside the 20. After he pinned the Broncos at their 8-yard line, the Lions forced a fumble and scored a touchdown on the recovery.

-- DE Dewayne White aggravated a triceps injury on the fumble recovery for a touchdown. He left the game, but only as a precaution because the score was out of hand.

-- RT Jonathan Scott started but suffered a thumb injury.


DE Alex Brown, a backup on both sides, got almost twice as many reps (about 40) as usual in Week Eight and led all defensive linemen with eight tackles. Even if Brown doesn't regain his starting DRE spot from Mark Anderson, he'll play more reps than he had been.

-- DRE Mark Anderson may or may not lose his starting job, but he is expected to lose reps to backup Alex Brown who has outperformed him the past four weeks.

-- WR Mark Bradley has just two catches for 26 yards but coaches insist he's played well when he's been on the field, although there's really no evidence to back up those claims.

-- RS/WR Devin Hester is expected to become more involved in the offense in the second half of the season. He's caught just six passes so far, but he's averaged 24.0 yards per catch.

-- WR Muhsin Muhammad has just 19 catches for 248 yards, but he leads the Bears with three touchdowns from scrimmage.

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