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Packer special teams face top kick returners; Matthews back at practice

For the second week in a row, the Green Bay Packer special teams will face one of the NFL's top kick returners on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Minnesota Vikings' rookie Percy Harvin has returned two kicks for touchdowns, including an 88-yard kickoff in last week's loss at Pittsburgh.

He's averaging just under 30 yards per kickoff return.

Harvin missed practice Thursday due to an illness, but he's still expected on play on Sunday.

The Packers held Harvin to just 17-yards per return on Oct. 5 at the Metrodome. Last week, Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs returned a kickoff 41 yards against the Packers.

But none of his returns set up any scores in Green Bay's 31-3 victory.

Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews was a full participant at practice Thursday.

He had a minor operation on Tuesday to relieve swelling near one of his cheeks. Matthews said it might have happened when he took a hit or perhaps his helmet was rubbing too hard.

But the rookie was glad to have the operation, because it was hurting.

Also, Packers guard Josh Sitton was added to the injury report Thursday with a bruised hand.

Center Jason Spitz missed practice again with a lingering injury in his lower back, but center Scott Wells returned after his wife had a baby earlier this week.

Left tackle Chad Clifton did not take part in team drills.

For the Vikings, receiver Bernard Berrian and linebacker E.J. Henderson both had limited participation at their practice Thursday.

Both were out on Wednesday.