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NFL

Chicago’s Briggs will be game-time decision

– The status of injured Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will remain uncertain until just before game time Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Briggs is questionable for Sunday’s game, although all indications are he’ll be able to play. On Friday, Briggs went through his first full practice since fracturing his left shoulder Oct. 20. Briggs practiced Wednesday and Thursday on a limited basis.

“I’m very optimistic,” coach Marc Trestman said Friday. “Again, he practiced for three days. He’s been cleared by the doctors.

“We’ll see where he’s at. But I wouldn’t want to say that he’s gonna play, he’s gonna start. I think that’s still 48 hours away.”

Briggs is the defense’s signal caller, so team’s hope is getting him back could restore some stability to a defense ranked last in the league against the run.

Packers’ Rodgers to remain out

Green Bay ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

It will be Green Bay’s seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.

Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels he is not ready to play.

Vikings expect Peterson to play

Adrian Peterson returned to practice for Minnesota and is expected to play in Sunday’s game at Cincinnati as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks with his sprained right foot.

Peterson, the league’s second-leading rusher, is listed as questionable for Minnesota (4-9-1). He missed last week’s game after spraining his foot a week earlier at Baltimore.

Around the league

Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) was officially ruled out of this weekend’s game at Houston. He’s also expected to be held out of the Broncos’ regular-season finale at Oakland on Dec. 29. … Rookie receiver Tavon Austin missed his sixth straight practice and will be questionable for St. Louis against the Tampa Bay. …

Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was fined $10,000 by the NFL for an illegal peel-back block on Minnesota’s Erin Henderson during the Eagles’ loss Sunday. … Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) says he will play against the Packers. … Kansas City will have Dexter McCluster back from injury when they play the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. McCluster missed last week’s win at Oakland after developing an infection in his ankle. … Dallas linebacker Sean Lee will miss his second straight game with a sprained neck, and cornerback Brandon Carr says he will play against Washington. …

Seattle will be without starting right guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion) against Arizona. … Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

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