NFC North at night

Thursday's practice report:

Chicago Bears: Receiver Earl Bennett (torso) returned to practice Thursday in a limited fashion. He won't play Sunday night against the Vikings but obviously is making progress. Defensive end Julius Peppers (knee), defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (knee), cornerback Charles Tillman (hip), and right tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) all sat out practice on Thursday. Toeaina and Carimi aren't expected to play against the Vikings.

Detroit Lions: Linebacker Justin Durant and tight end Tony Scheffler both missed practice again Thursday because of concussion symptoms. Safety Vincent Fuller (elbow) also missed practice. Meanwhile, the Lions placed safety Erik Coleman (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season. They replaced him on the roster with tight end Joe Jon Finley, presumably to give them depth while Scheffler recovers.

Green Bay Packers: Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga (knee) participated in a portion of practice for the second consecutive day and told reporters he thinks he'll be ready to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. As per usual, linebacker Clay Matthews (quadriceps) and cornerback Charles Woodson (foot) did not practice. Wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin) was added to the injury report as a limited participant. Nothing to panic about there, as far as I know.

Minnesota Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin missed practice because of sore ribs, but tests showed no fracture and he is expected to play Sunday against the Bears. There is some hope that cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck) will get some work in practice Friday, which would give him a chance of playing against the Bears.