Black and Blue all over: Hood to Chicago
September, 1, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
According to multiple reports, Chicago plans to sign veteran cornerback Rod Hood, who was released Monday by Cleveland. The big question: Will Hood simply provide depth, or are the Bears concerned about the prognosis for one of their injured cornerbacks?
Charles Tillman (back) and Zack Bowman (hamstring) haven’t played this preseason, and some of the Bears’ backups have struggled. Tillman, meanwhile, told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that he still doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against Green Bay. Originally, the Bears’ goal for his return was the final week of the preseason.
Tillman: “Am I back for the [Green Bay] game? I still don't know. It's a tossup. I'd like to play Thursday. Shoot, I'd like to play right now. I'm glad I'm not in charge because I would have played two weeks ago, played in camp. And it wouldn't have been the smartest thing because I probably would have gotten hurt."
Hood nearly signed with the Bears during the offseason, and he’ll be in the mix either to start or play nickel along with Corey Graham, Nate Vasher and Trumaine McBride.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was happy with the way he played Sunday night in Denver, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
- Matthew Stafford was the Lions’ only healthy quarterback Monday at practice, notes John Niyo of the Detroit News. Daunte Culpepper was sidelined by a toe injury, while Drew Stanton was having an MRI for what is believed to be a minor knee injury.
- Did veteran safety Lawyer Milloy turn down a contract offer from the Lions? Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press looks into it.
- It’s still not clear if Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett will have a starting job when the season begins, write Tom Silverstein and Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- But it does look like Barnett will bump A.J. Hawk from the nickel defense, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Brett Favre was the story, but don’t forget that Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries Monday night at Houston. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at Peterson’s night.
- Rookie receiver Percy Harvin had an active night, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.