We're Black and Blue All Over:
I was remiss in not addressing a secondary portion of Thursday's radio appearance by Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress. While insisting he does not know if quarterback Brett Favre will play in 2010, Childress did say that he has moved past his disappointment in tailback Adrian Peterson for missing the team's mandatory minicamp last month.
Childress confirmed he has since spoken with Peterson and said they have agreed to disagree on the absence. "You let bygones be bygones," Childress said. "I know how he feels. He knows how I feel, and you keep moving."
In other words, Childress didn't accept Peterson's explanation but isn't going to make it an issue any longer. That leaves open the question as to exactly why Peterson skipped three days of practice to attend a one-day parade in his hometown. Perhaps Peterson will address it when training camp opens next week.
Continuing around the NFC North as we head into the final dark weekend of the offseason:
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com examines the Vikings' tight end position.
Chicago-based agent Ian Greengross is the subject of an NFL Players Association investigation into impropriety, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. The issue involves a phone call made to Chicago Bears safety Danieal Manning.
Speaking at a charity cruise he hosted Thursday night, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said: "You can see a totally different attitude offensively from all the guys so it's going to be exciting. We'll see how it works. We've got to get through three or four preseason games and really see what happens [on the field]." Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times provides a transcript of Cutler's comments.
The Chicago Tribune has video of Cutler's interview.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh might hold off finalizing his contract until No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford signs with the St. Louis Rams, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
The Lions didn't realize how competent right guard Stephen Peterman was until he missed the final seven games of last season, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com on Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant: "Beginning with Week 8 of the '07 season, when Grant assumed the starting job from DeShawn Wynn during an overtime win at Denver, Grant has rushed for 3,385 yards. The only other player in the NFL in that time span with more? Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, with 3,814."