Packers-Bears: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- CB Jarrett Bush is improving but might be iffy to return to action Sunday after a one-game absence because of a strained calf. A rotation of Frank Walker, Tramon Williams and Will Blackmon would fill the void again at nickel back if Bush were out again.

-- QB Aaron Rodgers is making progress with a strained hamstring but probably will be deactivated as the No. 3 quarterback for the third straight game. Craig Nall would again be on call as Brett Favre's backup Sunday.

-- TE Bubba Franks remains questionable for a return to game duty this weekend. Franks hasn't played since suffering a sprained knee Oct. 14.

-- LB Tracy White isn't over the hump with a nagging ankle injury that has kept the special teams standout out the past two games.

-- S Aaron Rouse is dealing with a recurring shoulder injury, though the rookie should be available for Sunday. He has spelled Nick Collins at free safety for portions of the second half in the past two games, both lopsided wins for the Packers.

CHICAGO BEARS
--WR/KR/PR Devin Hester has caught 13 of his 18 passes in the past six games, but they've accounted for just 90 yards, an average of 6.9 yards per catch.

-- TE Greg Olsen caught 19 passes for 217 yards (11.4-yard average) and two touchdowns in four games in the second quarter of the season. But in the six games since then, Olsen has 15 receptions for 109 yards (7.3-yard average) and no touchdowns.

-- RB Adrian Peterson has 49 receptions and needs just eight more to establish a franchise record for running backs. He had eight catches last week for 51 yards.

-- DT Tommie Harris made the Pro Bowl for the third straight season, even though none of his seven sacks have come in the last six games, he had zero tackles Monday night against the Vikings and has had two tackles or fewer in four of his last five games.

-- LB Brendon Ayanbadejo was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season as a special teams player and needs four more special teams tackles to match last season's total of 28.

-- Rookie DT Matt Toeaina was signed a week before the Vikings game, but tackled Adrian Peterson for a loss twice after getting thrown into the mix with just a handful of practices. Former first-rounder Jimmy Kennedy also saw immediate action inside and added a tackle in limited reps.

"Lovie said he was going to throw me into the fire upon me arriving here," said Toeaina, who was signed off the Bengals' practice squad. "Whenever he threw me in there, I tried to make my reps count. I tried to do whatever I could to help the defense. My main priority was just to stop the run."

Toeaina, a sixth-round pick, hopes to stick around beyond this season, and he made a great first impression on Smith.

"Whenever you get two tackles for a loss as an inside player, that's good," Smith said. "I thought Jimmy Kennedy, too, both of those guys weren't here a week ago, but they came in and gave us some big plays."


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