NFC North Wednesday practice report

Let's take an evening look at the Wednesday practice report for the NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Coach Lovie Smith said that tailback Matt Forte (ankle) is improving, but he wasn't able to practice Wednesday. Defensive end Julius Peppers also missed practice.

Detroit Lions: Cornerback Drayton Florence had surgery on his broken arm and was placed on injured reserve. The Lions designated him as a player who could return to practice after six weeks and to a game two weeks after that. Cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) was a full participant, and fellow cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion) was limited. Safety Louis Delmas (knee) still has not returned to practice. Also sitting out practice: Receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), tight end Tony Scheffler (calf) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee).

Green Bay Packers: Because they play Monday night at the Seattle Seahawks, the Packers were off Wednesday. Come back Thursday for the latest.

Minnesota Vikings: Linebacker Erin Henderson sat out practice because of a concussion. If he can't play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, he'll likely be replaced by veteran Marvin Mitchell. Center John Sullivan was limited because of an ankle injury. Rookie receiver Jarius Wright (ankle) fully participated and could make his debut Sunday.