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
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.