Peppers starts for Bears after listed as doubtful

Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers is starting for the

Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings after being listed as

doubtful because of a sprained left knee.

Peppers was injured in Monday’s loss at Detroit and did not

practice all week. The decision brought back memories of last

year’s game at Minnesota, when Brett Favre went from being ruled

out to starting on a snowy Monday night. Chicago wound up winning

40-14, with Favre hitting his head on the turf on a second-quarter

sack by Corey Wootton in what turned out to be the final play of

his career.

Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield is out for the second straight game

because of a neck injury.

The Bears also shook up their backfield, with safeties Major

Wright and Chris Conte starting over Chris Harris and Brandon

Meriweather. Harris is inactive.