NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 12

CB Charles Woodson didn't practice Sunday when the team reconvened and is questionable to play Thursday at Dallas. Woodson suffered a significant injury to his right big toe on a punt return in the first quarter of the win at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day and didn't play the rest of the game.

-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila could be out at least a game after suffering sprains of his right knee and right ankle on a sack of the Lions' Jon Kitna in the second quarter Thursday. He also didn't practice Sunday.

-- RT Mark Tauscher is trying to recover from a sprained ankle that he aggravated Thursday. The injury forced him out of the game for the entire fourth quarter. He didn't practice Sunday. Junius Coston and Tony Moll are the candidates to replace Tauscher if he's not deemed ready for this week's game.

-- FS Nick Collins practiced Sunday for the first time since suffering a sprained knee Nov. 4 at Kansas City. If given the OK to play Thursday, Collins will be back in the starting lineup after missing the last three games.

-- S Aaron Rouse, who filled in as the starter with Collins out, didn't practice Sunday after suffering a sprained knee that kept him out of most of the second half at Detroit. Rouse might not be ready to play this week.

-- DT Colin Cole was placed on injured reserve Sunday. The backup sustained a broken left forearm in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game.

-- DT Johnny Jolly is expected to miss at least another game because of a strained shoulder sustained Nov. 18 against Carolina.

-- TE Bubba Franks practiced on a full-time basis Sunday for the first time since he suffered a sprained knee on Oct. 14 against Washington. Franks could be activated Thursday.

-- CB Will Blackmon also was an on-field participant Sunday, nearly two months after he incurred a broken foot in practice.

-- S Marviel Underwood was re-signed to the team and added to the 53-man roster Sunday to provide depth at the safety position. Underwood, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2005, was cut by the team late in training camp this year. He was attempting a comeback from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in the preseason the previous year.

-- CB Joe Porter was signed to the practice squad Sunday. He originally was signed by New Orleans as an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers this year. To make room for Porter, Green Bay cut S Tristan Burge.

RS-WR Devin Hester scored on a 75-yard punt return and an 88-yard kickoff return for his fourth and fifth return touchdowns of the season, giving him 10 kick-return touchdowns in 27 regular-season NFL games, three short of Brian Mitchell's NFL record. Hester also has a 108-yard TD return of a missed field goal and a kickoff-return TD in Super Bowl XLI.

-- RB Cedric Benson had his second straight impressive performance in Chicago's overtime win over Denver Sunday, but his season may have come to an end because of a left ankle injury suffered on his 21-yard run, his last carry of the day and possibly of the season. Benson (47 yards on eight carries) was carted off when he was unable to put any weight on the injury.

-- RB Adrian Peterson replaced injured starter Cedric Benson and had 45 tough yards on 17 carries. Peterson is a standout special-teams player and tied for second on the Bears with 33 receptions, but he has never carried more than 76 times in a season.

-- WR Bernard Berrian had just three catches for 24 yards, his second-least-productive game of the season, but his three-yard touchdown with 28 seconds left tied the game before the Bears won in overtime.

-- DE Adewale Ogunleye had the Bears' only two sacks of the game, giving him a team-best nine for the season.

P Nick Harris is coming off his worst game of the season. He had two touchbacks and no punts downed inside the 20 in Detroit's 37-26 loss on Thanksgiving Day to Green Bay. He had only two touchbacks over the first 10 games this season.

-- WR Roy Williams had only three catches for 32 yards against the Packers. It was the seventh time in 11 games he has been held to 53 yards or less.

-- QB Jon Kitna has eight touchdowns, four turnovers and 17 sacks in the Lions' six victories. He has six touchdowns, 13 turnovers and 27 sacks in their five losses.

-- DT Cory Redding has no sacks this season, after racking up eight sacks over the last 11 games last season and being designated the Lions' franchise player.

-- KR Aveion Cason recorded the Lions' longest return of the season against the Packers, when he ran a kickoff back 74 yards.

WR Troy Williamson left Sunday's game against the Giants because of a head injury suffered on a third-quarter kickoff return. He did not return and his status for the Detroit game this Sunday is uncertain.

-- S Tank Williams also was injured playing on special teams and did not return. Williams, who hurt his knee, was to be examined further on Monday.

-- S Darren Sharper's 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Giants was the eighth of his career. That places him in a tie for fifth place in NFL history. Rod Woodson is No. 1 with 12 interception returns for touchdowns.

-- In addition to Sharper, safety Dwight Smith and linebacker Chad Greenway also returned interceptions for touchdowns in the Vikings victory at Giants Stadium. That had not happened in the NFL since Nov. 4, 1984, when Kansas City did it a league-record four times against Seattle.

-- QB Tarvaris Jackson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Sidney Rice on the Vikings' opening possession Sunday at New York, marking his third touchdown pass of 60-plus yards in 2007. The team record is four set by Fran Tarkenton in 1962 and equaled by Tommy Kramer in 1986.

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