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NFC North Update



Bears offensive tackle Fred Miller, who missed week 10 with a fractured jaw suffered in a fight with teammate Olin Kreutz, has been cleared to practice and expects to play on Sunday against the Panthers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Miller was originally expected to miss week 11.

Starting running back Thomas Jones returned to practice on Wednesday and will not be listed on the injury report for the first time in five weeks, according to the Bears' official website. Jones missed his first game of the season last Sunday and was knocked out of week nine due to bruised ribs, and he also sustained a sprained knee in week five.


Lions quarterback Jeff Garcia's fractured left fibula is improving and he was able to practice on Wednesday, head coach Steve Mariucci told reporters. Garcia is expected to get the start on Sunday against the Cowboys if he can run without pain in the injured leg.


Moe Williams is likely done for the season. The Vikings veteran running back underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The procedure was done to determine the cause of the pain that has prevented him from playing the last two weeks. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper underwent surgery on Tuesday to have the torn ACL, MCL, and PCL in his right knee repaired. While no firm timetable has been established for his recovery, the Vikings released a statement that said Culpepper "is expected to be ready to participate" in training camp next July. That's less than nine months from now. However, a specialist in the field told the Minneapolis Star Tribune "it will take 18 months for Culpepper to return to his previous physical condition after so significant an injury." Vikings wide receiver Marcus Robinson, who tore the ACL and LCL in his knee agreed, telling the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it took him 1 1/2 to two years before he felt 100 percent. "Physically, you get it right. But mentally, now you have to know, 'If I run this route full speed, and turn on this leg, it's going to stay.' That takes about two years," Robinson said. "Then after two years, you're not worried about it anymore, and you just go out there and play."

The report did not have anything on the Packers, they probably got tired of listing some unknown running back they just signed.  Besides, its Green Bay, who really cares?