Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We don't always find out who places losing waiver claims on players, but on Tuesday, we learned that Cleveland, Denver and the New York Jets also tried to claim quarterback Kevin O'Connell -- who ultimately ended up in Detroit.
Missing from that list was Green Bay, who will enter Thursday night's preseason finale against Tennessee with two healthy quarterbacks and plans to play struggling third-stringer Brian Brohm extensively. Starter Aaron Rodgers will play one series, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and Brohm will take it the rest of the way. (Second-string quarterback Matt Flynn continues to recover from a shoulder injury but should hold for field goals and extra points.)
As we've alluded to before, the Packers have reason to be concerned about their backup situation behind Rodgers. O'Connell isn't necessarily the answer, but you have to think the Packers will be monitoring the trade winds and waiver wire this weekend as teams pare down their rosters to 53 players.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Packers face tough decisions at fullback, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Would they try to slip rookie Quinn Johnson onto the practice squad?
Eight Packers players have been scratched from Thursday's game, including receiver Greg Jennings (concussion), notes Tom Pelissero of the Press-Gazette.
Chicago safety Danieal Manning and cornerback Zack Bowman -- both of whom are nursing hamstring injuries -- are expected to play in the Bears' preseason finale Thursday against Cleveland, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said team officials should have a good idea of which receivers he wants to keep on the final roster, reports Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit place-kicker Jason Hanson has begun working out after having knee surgery last month, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. It's possible Hanson will be ready to kick field goals before he can handle kickoffs.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com theorizes that O'Connell could be insurance against the oft-injured Drew Stanton as Matthew Stafford's long-term backup.
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Brett Favre: "If the notoriously fragile Tarvaris Jackson had a banged-up rib like Favre's, he'd be listed as month to month."
After Monday night's game at Houston, the Vikings feel ready for the regular season. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has the story.