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NFC North News

Here is the most recent news about the NFC North teams per Fanball.

Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris missed Thursday's practice with an injured groin, the team announced. He is officially listed as probable on the injury report.

The Lions' website is reporting that rookie wideout Mike Williams was able to practice on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's session with a knee injury. He is still listed as questionable for this week's game with the Vikings.

Lions wideout Roy E. Williams practiced with the team for the second consecutive day on Thursday and he says he's going to play this Sunday if he gets medical clearance, reports the team's website. "As long as the coaches say it's okay then I'm going to go out there and try my hardest," he said after practice. "I'm not going to be 100-percent, but I'm going to try and make some plays out there." Williams remains questionable on the team's official injury report because of the strained quad he suffered in week five.

If the Packers fire head coach Mike Sherman, they may also be ushering in the Aaron Rodgers era. "I don't think there's one specific thing that would make me say yeah or no [to coming back]. It's just a culmination of a lot of different things, that being one of them," Favre told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Maybe you're on the verge of saying yeah, and then you say, 'You know what, do I really want to sit in meetings and have to learn something all over again?' That could be the straw that breaks the camel's back." Favre has thrown for 1,792 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, his 15th in the league.

Vikings wideout Marcus Robinson missed practice on Thursday with a sprained left knee, but head coach Mike Tice told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects him to play on Sunday. Robinson suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday.

Brad Johnson will start at quarterback for the Vikings this Sunday with Shaun Hill backing him up. The team did not sign a third quarterback in the wake of the season ending knee injury to Daunte Culpepper, so head coach Mike Tice has decided that wide receiver Koren Robinson will be the emergency quarterback this Sunday against the Lions. Robinson played quarterback in high school in North Carolina. "It's going to be fun if it happens," Robinson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, laughing. "I just hope it doesn't happen. I really hope it doesn't happen. But if it does, I'll just take it in stride. As an athlete, I always think I can do anything across the board. I'm up for the challenge if it comes up -- but I hope it doesn't." The Vikes will work out some free agent quarterbacks on Friday, but likely wouldn't sign any before next week.