BBAO: Bears hoping to sign Todd Collins

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Although backup quarterback Caleb Hanie's right shoulder injury isn't deemed serious, it appears the Chicago Bears aren't taking any chances. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are attempting to sign veteran free agent Todd Collins as insurance to starter Jay Cutler.

The Bears also reached out to retired veteran Trent Green but were rebuffed. Although Collins has never played for offensive coordinator Mike Martz, he learned a similar scheme while in Kansas City under former coach Dick Vermeil.

I know there was plenty of talk about the Bears signing a veteran backup this offseason, but I'm not sure I would read the Collins situation as a signal that Hanie won't regain his job when healthy. The Bears are in a tough predicament here. Rookie Dan LeFevour hasn't gotten much work with the offense in camp and wouldn't be ready to back up Cutler if needed. The same would be true of a so-called camp arm who had no familiarity with the Martz scheme.

Collins, on the other hand, could step in on a short-term basis with much less preparation. Let's just see how this goes.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Green is entrenched as a broadcaster and uninterested in returning to the field, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • The Bears are hoping for a quick recovery from rookie safety Major Wright, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.

  • It was surprising to see the Bears make three special teams mistakes Saturday night at San Diego, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.

  • Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice (hip) doesn't appear close to returning to practice, according to the Star Tribune, but he did work on change-of-direction drills for the first time Monday.

  • It's another "typically atypical August" for quarterback Brett Favre, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

  • The Green Bay Packers are waiting for running back Ryan Grant (concussion) to be cleared by a neurologist before he returns to practice, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Brandon Jackson doesn't know how long this will last -- perhaps only until Tuesday night -- but as long as the Green Bay Packers' running back ranks are this thin, then he's going to enjoy every overworked minute of it."

  • Packers rookie Bryan Bulaga continues to split time at left guard with starter Daryn Colledge, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Detroit Lions cornerback Jonathan Wade is dealing with a fractured finger, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.

  • Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh dealt with double-teams in the preseason opener at Pittsburgh. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News has more.

  • Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has made substantial progress this summer, according to the Detroit Free Press.