We're Black and Blue All Over:
It takes some work to be 35 and still hold on to a starting receiver job in the NFL. Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver had double knee surgery in January, according to Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and hasn't been participating in organized team activities.
"I'm on that senior citizen program," Driver told Nickel.
On a more serious note, Driver said he played most of last season with a trapped nerve in one knee. He also had limited flexibility in the right knee and often wrapped it on the sideline to keep it warm.
There are no indications Driver won't be ready for training camp. But this year, it's taken him a little longer to get to that point. We'll cut him the senior citizen break on that one.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Vikings' top two picks in the 2000 draft, defensive tackles Chris Hovan and Fred Robbins, have both signed free-agent contracts in St. Louis. Reunited and it feels so good!
Chicago Bears receiver Devin Aromashodu compares the team's new offense to the one he learned while with Indianapolis, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears receiver Earl Bennett is fighting to regain his status as a starter, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
The Detroit Lions' Mr. Irrelevant, wide receiver Tim Toone, is proving to have a bold personality, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Lions players are already gravitating toward veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.