We're Black and Blue All Over:
After returning to NFC North blog headquarters later Monday, we'll be closely monitoring the status of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. As you know, Stafford suffered a right shoulder injury late in the second quarter Sunday of the Lions' 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears. He spent the second half with his arm in a sling and is scheduled for further testing Monday.
Because the injury is to his throwing shoulder, it's safe to assume Stafford will miss some time. The NFL Network reported the likely time frame as up to six weeks depending upon Monday's tests. But Lions fans should brace for backup Shaun Hill to make at least one start while Stafford recovers.
We'll save the Stafford analysis for when we get a definitive timetable. For now, let's just remember this is the third significant injury Stafford has suffered in 11 NFL starts. (Last year, he dislocated a knee cap and separated his left shoulder.)
Continuing around the NFC North:
John Niyo of the Detroit News: "When is a win not a win? Well, now the long-suffering football fans in Detroit know the answer to that trivia question, too. It's when a catch isn't a catch, even when most everyone thinks it is, or at least thinks it should be."
Bob Wojnowski of the News: "The Lions stepped right into a stunning disaster Sunday, with a preposterously controversial ending and multiple stops at disbelief. Stafford was knocked from the game, and perhaps from more games, with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and I honestly can't imagine a more crushing start to a season."
The Bears clearly didn't respect the Lions, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "The Bears may be 1-0 in the standings. But they're 0-for-1 in restoring confidence in the minds of many who watched the season opener at Soldier Field. They barely beat the worst team on their schedule despite giving up four sacks and committing nine penalties."
The Bears' defense has a lot to be happy about, write Dan Pompei of the Tribune.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers sought out Stafford to check on his status after the game, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears center Olin Kreutz on the team's failure to score on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter: "Embarrassing." Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald has more.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "If you were looking for sympathy or apology from the Bears following their bizarre 19-14 victory over visiting Detroit in the season opener at Soldier Field then you were looking in the wrong place."
Green Bay Packers tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher struggled in the first half of a 27-20 victory at Philadelphia, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Writing about his sprained ankle on Twitter, Packers tailback Ryan Grant said: "Hey appreciate the support.. I will be fine.. Gonna take care of the ankle.. Worst thing is that I was just getting started lol."
Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams on the Philadelphia Eagles' switch from quarterback Kevin Kolb to Michael Vick: "It's like you take your game-plan book and throw it out the window. You game plan for (Vick) some, but you don't game plan for him the whole game. It's a whole different story." Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com traces Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' big afternoon.
Star-crossed former No. 1 draft pick Justin Harrell suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports Wilde, and will miss the rest of the season.
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had a strong night last Thursday in New Orleans, according to the Star Tribune.
As we noted Sunday morning, the Vikings will work out four free agent receivers this week.