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BBAO: Looking for some shade

If you happen to live in the Upper Midwest, you know we're having a bizzaro heat wave that put the mercury at 94 degrees in Minnesota on Monday. It was 91 in Chicago and 90 in Green Bay. (Detroit checked in at a chilly 81. Good for you guys.)

Those temperatures coincided with a fortuitous scheduling quirk for the Packers, who long ago had given players the week off from organized team activities. The Bears wrapped up their veteran minicamp on Sunday. The Vikings, meanwhile, were on the field Monday in what turned out to be their first OTA with most of their veterans present.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this offseason that "a very high number of our players ... fell into a category of over-training" in recent years. As traditional as it might sound to practice in high heat, I don't think many pro athletes will complain about missing out on it.

Myself, I spent the day sitting on a block of ice. I feel much better now.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Among those who participated Monday in Minnesota were defensive end Jared Allen, left tackle Bryant McKinnie and defensive tackle Kevin Williams. According to Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com, none of them were present for last week's OTAs.

  • Green Bay safety Will Blackmon (knee) isn't expected to be healthy enough to participate fully in OTAs or the Packers' late-June minicamp, writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com.

  • Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com takes a look at the historical running trends of new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

  • Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "Chris Harris picked up where he left off during the Bears' minicamp, roving the secondary."

  • New Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson wants to win "eight games or more" this year, writes Terry Foster of the Detroit News.