One word describes my general impression of organized team activities in the NFL: dull. But that clearly wasn't the case Thursday in Detroit, where players brawled near the end of a two-minute drill on an 85-degree day.
Right guard Stephen Peterman and defensive tackle Landon Cohen were the two main combatants, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. But as the scrum widened, coach Jim Schwartz found himself in the middle breaking it up.
Said Schwartz: "No, that was Greco-Roman wrestling -- that wasn't boxing. Guys were hot, guys were competitive and guys crossed the line a little bit too much. And I think they all know in OTAs that I can't fine anybody. So they didn't miss their opportunity to get a free one in."
Continuing around the NFC North as we head into the holiday weekend:
Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus (knee) returned to practice Thursday, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Jon Jansen continued to work with the first team.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: "One of the great mysteries of the Bears' offseason is what the heck happened to Al Afalava."
Danieal Manning is excited to be playing strong safety for the Chicago Bears, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a look at the Green Bay Packers' changes to their board and Executive Committee.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams want their 18-month lawsuit against the NFL to be over, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings' band will be back together in 2010, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings have their fingers crossed that middle linebacker E.J. Henderson will be ready to start the season, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.