NFC North Wednesday practice report

Let's wrap up a newsy day in the NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) was officially ruled out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Four players sat out of practice because of injuries: receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), running back Michael Bush (ribs), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) and nose tackle Stephen Paea (foot). Bennett and Jennings might have a hard time getting back for the Vikings game. Receivers Devin Hester (concussion) and Alshon Jeffery (knee) were limited participants in practice.

Detroit Lions: Offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus (knees), safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion), cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) all missed practice. … The Lions signed receiver Lance Long to fill out their 53-man roster.

Green Bay Packers: Offensive lineman T.J. Lang (ankle), linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder), receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee) all missed practice. Cornerback Charles Woodson (collarbone) was a limited participant but it's not clear if he'll be ready for Sunday night's game against the Lions.

Minnesota Vikings: Defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder/back) and receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) were the only players who didn't practice. Allen is expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Bears. … Quarterback Christian Ponder confirmed he got engaged this week to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele. "Obviously, the rumors are true, but we're focused on the Bears this week," he said.