We're Black and Blue All Over:
Wednesday's busy day of news, videos and podcasts left some practice updates for the early morning. Here's the NFC North summary as best as I can gather:
Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, an encouraging sign of progress with his ankle injury that knocked him out of last Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Detroit Lions brought receiver Titus Young back to practice after a week of inactivity, but he worked with the second team and his status for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts is unclear.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) worked out on the side but doesn't seem likely to play Sunday against the Vikings. And the Vikings, meanwhile, cleared tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Harrison Smith from their concussions and both practiced. Receiver Percy Harvin was a limited participant but still seems iffy for Sunday's game.
Let's take a more detailed spin around the division on this fine Thursday morning:
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice on Forte: "He looked fine. He's going to be OK. I'm sure. I hope." Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.
Forte needs to become a more integral part of the Bears' offense, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Dealing with a 6-foot-7 right guard in Gabe Carimi will be a different challenge for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Young's return, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "We needed some time apart to get some stuff straightened out. He came out today and worked hard. He did his job and that's what we expect from him."
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said he didn't realize he had kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last Thursday until seeing his Twitter feed after the game. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has more.
The Lions aren't worried about quarterback Matthew Stafford's mechanics, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
The Packers aren't making any changes to their personnel along the offensive line, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers' limited running game has hurt them, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "It had no bearing on the outcome of a blowout loss, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s decision to send Mason Crosby out to attempt a 55-yard field goal on Sunday night against the New York Giants was a move that defied logic."
Harvin was running pass routes gingerly in practice Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.
The Vikings have lost nine of their past 12 games to the Packers, notes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson is working on his technique after dropping a series of balls last Sunday against the Bears. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.