We might be seeing the end of the Jared DeVries era in Detroit. The Lions' longtime defensive end, who was attempting a comeback from a ruptured Achilles tendon at age 34, has had knee surgery and will be sidelined for a period of time.
It's not believed to have been major surgery, but as Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out, the Lions might not want to hold open a roster spot for him as they test and attempt to develop younger players. That would be a tough decision, but keep in mind that the Lions' current coaching staff has no real history with DeVries and therefore wouldn't have as much emotion involved.
DeVries, who has been with the Lions since 1999, had a career-high 6.5 sacks and forced three fumbles in 2007.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Detroit Free Press has some lyrics from Lions receiver Nate Burleson's latest freestyle rap: "This is just a promo, wheels fly just like the Red Wings logo."
John Niyo of the Detroit News explains why Lions safety Louis Delmas and middle linebacker DeAndre Levy are so important to the team.
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert is running out of time to impress coaches, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com considers Gilbert and a few others to be "bubble players."
Bears safety Major Wright is one focused rookie, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was still having tests done as of Thursday, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, and it's hard to imagine him playing Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Vikings practiced Thursday at the Metrodome to test out the newly installed playing surface there, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
It looks like rookie cornerback Chris Cook will get a chance to start at right cornerback, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers punter Tim Masthay might have gained an edge Thursday night in his competition with Chris Bryan, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Frank Zombo and Sam Shields may not have done enough in the Green Bay Packers' 59-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night to win the jobs they're competing for -- Zombo for a starting outside linebacker spot, Shields the No. 3 cornerback job in the nickel -- but it sure looks like a safe bet that both undrafted rookie free agent defenders will be making the 53-man roster coming out of training camp."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn't happy with his team's three fumbles in an otherwise solid preseason performance, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
My AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky reviews the Packers' 59-24 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts from the opponent's perspective.