NFC North player wire

Summary of news and notes on individuals within division from NFL's Week 13

LG Daryn Colledge likely lost his starting job for Sunday's game against Oakland. Colledge has been the starter at left guard since the season started, but he has been inconsistent of late and was pulled from the loss at Dallas on Thursday in the second quarter because of poor pass protection. Junius Coston, who started four games earlier in the season before suffering an ankle injury, would be inserted at right guard, with Jason Spitz sliding over to left guard.

-- CB Tramon Williams is under consideration to take over at nickel back, a spot held by Jarrett Bush since opening day. Bush was moved up to starter in place of an injured Charles Woodson in the last game but was benched in the second quarter after a slew of coverage breakdowns. Williams replaced Bush and earned solid reviews from the coaches.

-- TE Bubba Franks is questionable to be cleared for a return to game action after he aggravated a sprained knee in practice last week. Franks hasn't played since suffering the injury Oct. 14 against Washington.

-- DT Johnny Jolly also is iffy to get back to playing in the next game. Jolly, who has seven starts this season, missed the last two games because of a strained shoulder.

-- S Marviel Underwood, who had re-signed with the team Nov. 25, was released Saturday to make room for the return of Craig Nall as the No. 3 quarterback.

RS-WR Devin Hester had one of his worst games as a Bear, getting just 16 yards on three punt returns and 19 yards on his only kickoff return opportunity, as the Giants' Lawrence Tynes kicked off out of bounds twice rather than let Hester handle the ball. Hester had one rush for one yard and caught one pass for minus-4 yards. He also dropped what would have been an 81-yard TD.

-- RB Adrian Peterson, in his first start since 2003 and the second of his career, had game highs with seven catches and 82 receiving yards in the Bears' 21-16 loss to the Giants, but added just 67 rushing yards on 22 attempts with a long gain of nine yards.

-- TE Desmond Clark caught five passes for 76 yards, including a one-yard TD.

-- QB Rex Grossman threw for 296 yards but completed just 25 of 46 passes and was sacked six times for 52 yards in losses.

-- DE Adewale Ogunleye forced two fumbles and recovered one; it was the fourth straight week in which he has forced a fumble.

QB Jon Kitna was visibly upset after the Lions made the Vikings look like the Patriots on Sunday, getting dominated in every phase of the game. Kitna, the Lions' inspirational leader, the guy who first talked about winning 10 games, accused some teammates of abandoning ship. "We don't have a lot of people in our boat right now," Kitna said. "I'm just talking about us in general. We are not heading in the same direction right now as a football team."

Kitna didn't expound on his comments at first. When Kitna was eventually asked if that meant his teammates weren't rowing in the same direction, he said: "No question."

How do you correct that?

"That's not my job," Kitna said. "I have to focus on my job, and my job is to go out and do the best that I can on every single play that I'm out there, prepare the best that I can Monday through Saturday and lay it on the line. Until I can't do that anymore ... This is a man's game. It's about men being men.

-- WR Roy Williams left Sunday's game at Minnesota with a knee injury.

-- LB Boss Bailey suffered an ankle injury.

-- CB Travis Fisher suffered a wrist injury.

-- S LaMarcus Hicks suffered an ankle injury.

-- RT Damien Woody felt he did pretty well in his first NFL game at right tackle, despite giving up a sack.

The Vikings are eighth in the race for the NFC's six playoff spots, but the forceful return of rookie running back Adrian Peterson, the first three-game winning streak of the Brad Childress era and a soft remaining schedule has thrust them into the thick of the wild-card battle.

In a rare outburst, the offense scored touchdowns on all five first-half possessions to take a 35-10 lead at halftime of Sunday's game against the visiting Detroit Lions. The Vikings cruised to a 42-10 victory and split the season series with the Lions.

The Vikings are one of three NFC teams with a 6-6 record, but tiebreakers have them positioned behind the other two 6-6 teams, Arizona and Detroit. The Cardinals currently lead the race for the second wild-card berth, followed by the Lions and then the Vikings. But the Lions have lost four consecutive games and still have Dallas, San Diego and Green Bay left on their schedule.

Meanwhile, the combined record of the Vikings' final four opponents is 18-30. They travel to San Francisco (3-9) this week, then play home games against Chicago (5-7), which they've beaten already, and Washington (5-7), which has lost four in a row. The regular season ends at Denver (5-7).

-- CB Antoine Winfield was inactive for the fourth time in five weeks because of a nagging hamstring injury. His only action since the Oct. 21 game at Dallas was the first half against the Raiders on Nov. 18.

-- WR Troy Williamson was inactive for the third time this season. He had some lingering effects from a concussion.

-- S Dwight Smith, the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Week, was benched for the game's first series because of disciplinary reasons. Smith said it was because of a heated argument he had with coach Brad Childress during the week.

-- Rookie WR Aundrae Allison's 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the longest play in franchise history. He broke the previous mark of 101 yards set by Lance Rentzel on a kickoff return against the Baltimore Colts on Nov. 14, 1965. He also set the team record for highest kickoff return average in team history (47.7 yards on three returns). Allison's record-breaking return came on his ninth kickoff return as a pro. Not bad for a fifth-round draft pick who didn't even return kickoffs at East Carolina, and didn't start playing football until his junior year in high school.

-- QB Tarvaris Jackson's passer rating of 110.4 is officially the best of his career. He had a 139.2 rating last week against the Giants, but did not have the minimum number of pass attempts (20).

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