NFC North at night

Let's catch up on some administrative and personnel developments Monday:

Chicago Bears: Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (calf) returned to practice, and it's possible he'll play in Thursday's preseason finale at the Cleveland Browns. The same goes for receiver Earl Bennett, who hadn't practiced in nearly three weeks because of a hamstring injury. Linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle) isn't likely to begin practicing again until next week. Meanwhile, the Bears released quarterback Matt Gutierrez, receiver Zeke Markshausen and defensive tackle Maurice Evans.

Green Bay Packers: As Will Blackmon continues to battle knee soreness, the Packers will give rookie Jason Chery a chance to win the kickoff and punt return jobs in Thursday's preseason finale. Chery returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown last week against the Indianapolis Colts. Of Blackmon, coach Mike McCarthy said: "Will's just going through a tough spot right now. He's coming off that knee surgery, and especially at his position, it's been tough. Will has put a lot of time into this. He had a very strong offseason, but it's probably not responding the way he would like right now."

Detroit Lions: We discussed the Lions' tenuous linebacker depth earlier Monday, and coach Jim Schwartz added this log to the fire: Middle linebacker DeAndre Levy (groin) might miss the Sept. 12 season opener against the Chicago Bears. It's very possible that the Lions' opening-day starter is on another team's roster at the moment. Schwartz did say that safety C.C. Brown (hand) should be ready to play in that game.

Minnesota Vikings: Coach Brad Childress told reporters that the Vikings are "still trying to get the soreness" out of center John Sullivan's calf and that his status remains uncertain. Childress said that it would "probably be hard" for quarterback Sage Rosenfels to unseat Tarvaris Jackson as the No. 2 quarterback. Rosenfels has a 118.4 rating this preseason. Jackson's is 61.8, but Childress said: "I've seen a growth in Tarvaris."