NFC North at night

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Catching up on a busy day of news in the Black and Blue:

Chicago Bears: Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (ribs) was one of four players to sit out practice. It doesn’t look like he’ll be ready for Sunday night’s game at Atlanta. The same is probably true for tailback Adrian Peterson (knee) and defensive lineman Israel Idonije (knee).

Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) returned to practice and took the first snap with the starting offense, according to this Associated Press account. That increases the possibility that Stafford will make a quick return from a dislocated right knee, but coach Jim Schwartz said no decision will be announced until just before Sunday’s game at Green Bay. … Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) did not practice Wednesday, and ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported that Johnson is unlikely to play Sunday. … Including Johnson, eight Lions players missed practice. That list includes six starters: Fullback Jerome Felton (shoulder), defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter (ankle), Johnson, safety Ko Simpson (hamstring) and defensive end Dewayne White (hamstring).

Green Bay Packers: Safety Atari Bigby (knee) and tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) both practiced Wednesday and appear on track to play Sunday. … Fullback Korey Hall strained his calf in Monday’s practice, and coach Mike McCarthy said he likely will miss several weeks of action. … Linebacker Brady Poppinga missed practice because he was ill. … Tailback DeShawn Wynn (knee) did not practice, but tailback Brandon Jackson (ankle) did.

Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback John David Booty was waived from the practice squad, and while coach Brad Childress said it is possible he’ll be re-signed at some point, I think you should have a pretty good idea of his long-term future with the team. The Vikings needed an extra practice squad offensive lineman with right tackle Phil Loadholt limited by an ankle injury. .. Receiver Percy Harvin (shoulder) and punt returner Darius Reynaud (hamstring) did not practice.