NFC North at night

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Catching up on Thursday’s news from the best division in football:

Chicago Bears: Defensive tackle Tommie Harris usually misses one day of practice each week, but Thursday marked the second consecutive day he’s rested his chronically sore knee. At this point, it still looks like he’ll play Sunday at Cincinnati, but he’ll probably need to practice Friday to ensure it. … Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (ribs) had full participation Thursday in practice, but it looks like he’s now competing with Jamar Williams to play on the strong side. Nick Roach appears entrenched at middle linebacker.

Detroit Lions: In a bye-week practice Thursday, quarterback Matthew Stafford took a few light throws but otherwise did not participate. Here’s Carlos Monarrez’s report in the Detroit Free Press. … As we noted earlier, the Lions signed special teams linebacker Vinny Ciurciu and placed defensive lineman Copeland Bryan on injured reserve.

Green Bay Packers: ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde caught up Thursday with linebacker A.J. Hawk, who has seen his playing time reduced dramatically in the past two weeks. Here’s the key quote from Hawk: “This exact moment, today, it’s obviously not my ideal situation of what I’d want to be doing.” … Left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) and center Jason Spitz (back) sat out practice again. … Fullback Quinn Johnson (ankle) returned to practice.

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot sprain) sat out practice again. The Vikings haven’t ruled him out of Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, but it seems pretty unlikely at this point.