NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 11

QB Brett Favre has his name attached to another league record. Favre notched his 62nd game with at least three touchdown passes, pulling into a tie with Dan Marino. Favre is 886 passing yards behind Marino's all-time league standard of 61,361.

-- RB Ryan Grant suffered a twisted right ankle in the final three minutes of Sunday's game, but expects to be ready for Thursday's contest at Detroit. Grant made his third straight start and had 20 carries for 88 yards.

-- FS Nick Collins missed his second straight game because of a sprained knee. Collins is aiming to return for the game Thursday, though he's a better bet to be back for the Nov. 29 contest at Dallas.

-- TE Bubba Franks returned to practice on a limited basis last week and might have a shot to resume playing Thursday. Franks has been out four straight games because of a sprained knee.

-- LB Tracy White was deactivated Sunday after he aggravated an ankle injury in the previous game. White has been one of the team's top special-teams contributors.

-- DT Justin Harrell didn't play for the eighth time in 10 games. This year's first-round draft pick had been sidetracked the previous three games by a sprained ankle but returned to practice last week.

QB Rex Grossman had his best complete game of the season, completing 24 of 37 passes for 266 yards and a passer rating of 86.1, although he was sacked five times.

-- RB Cedric Benson had his two longest runs of the season, a career-best 43-yard touchdown on his first touch, and a 20-yarder on his second touch. He finished with just 11 carries, although his 89 yards were his second-best total of the season.

-- TE Greg Olsen who was shut out a week earlier, caught a career-best seven passes for 43 yards.

-- WR Bernard Berrian led the Bears with nine catches and 102 receiving yards.

-- WR Muhsin Muhammad had just three catches, but his 71 yards were his third-best outing of the season.

Coach Rod Marinelli said he would continue to plow straight ahead and prepare for the Packers, because any other approach would be soft and weak.

"We're not going to splinter," quarterback Jon Kitna said after the Lions' 16-10 loss to the New York Giants. "This is a tough-minded team. It's about men being men. It's men being men. That's what we have to be."

Kitna had his sixth 300-yard game as a Lion, moving past Bobby Layne for second on the Lions' all-time list. Scott Mitchell is first with eight.

-- S Idrees Bashir suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants and was to have an MRI, according to coach Rod Marinelli.

-- RT George Foster was benched in the second quarter after allowing a sack to Giants DE Michael Strahan. He has been benched three times within games this season.

-- K Jason Hanson took sole possession of 10th place on the NFL's all-time scoring list (1,612). He had been tied with Hall of Famer Lou Groza.

-- LB Boss Bailey has a career-high 2.5 sacks.

RB Chester Taylor rushed for 164 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns in Minnesota's 29-22 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders in the Metrodome.

Taylor rushed for 1,216 yards last season in his first year with the Vikings but found himself in a backup role in Week 8 after it became clear Peterson's talents made him one of the NFL's premier running backs in Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, though, suffered a partially torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in the Vikings' 34-0 loss at Green Bay on Nov. 11. While the Vikings are confident Peterson can return at some point this season, Taylor's presence certainly means the youngster doesn't need to be rushed in his recovery.

"I am not the one to start a controversy," Taylor said when asked about his role. "I know what I can do when I get in the game. I am going to play hard no matter what. Every opportunity I am going to get I am going to take advantage of it. That's how I always look at stuff."

Taylor's rushing attempts against Oakland were his most since he also carried the ball 22 times in the Vikings' 34-31 victory on Oct. 14 at Chicago. His yardage output, however, marked the first time this season he has gone over 100 yards and was just five short of his career-high 169-yard performance on Oct. 22, 2006 at Seattle.

Peterson was expected to do some running on a treadmill under water on Monday as he continues on his intense rehabilitation schedule.

-- CB Antoine Winfield returned after missing two games because of a strained hamstring but he lasted for only the first half. The team decided to rest him after he aggravated the injury. Winfield said he expects to play against the Giants.

-- S Dwight Smith left Sunday's game briefly in the second quarter after appearing to aggravate a hamstring injury that has affected him for much of the season but he was able to continue.

-- WR Sidney Rice completed two passes against Oakland for 94 yards, including a 79-yarder to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on the first play from scrimmage. That set up a Vikings touchdown. Rice set the team mark for most yards passing in a single game by a non-quarterback; Shiancoe now holds the record for the longest reception by a tight end in team history.

-- LB Chad Greenway, who said he had never recovered a fumble in his football career at any level before this season, picked up his fourth fumble recovery of the year on Sunday.

-- TE Visanthe Shiancoe's 94 yards receiving on two receptions Sunday were a season-high for a Vikings pass catcher. The Vikings have not had a 100-yard receiver since Troy Williamson caught six passes for 102 yards in Week 2 of last season against Carolina.

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