We're Black and Blue All Over:
A national eye will be on the Detroit Lions during Saturday night's preseason game against the New England Patriots, scheduled to be televised by CBS. Will the country see the debut of the first high Lions draft choice to get on the field?
It appears possible, at least, that rookie receiver Titus Young will get an opportunity to play. He has made it through most of this week of practice while coming back from a hamstring injury. It's still possible the Lions will deactivate him for precautionary reasons, but Young has shown enough progress this week to make it possible to play.
Here's how coach Jim Schwartz put it, via Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com: "I don't know if he's over the hump yet, but he's close to it. He was able to put a week of practice together and was able to finish practices. We have done a lot ... doing individual, adding a little bit more, doing some 7-on-7, doing a little bit more here and there. But I think he's at the point where he can go out and get through a whole practice and be able to play in a game."
Young has spent most of the summer on the sideline. Whether he plays Saturday night, this week has provided significant encouragement that he will be ready to contribute on some level when the regular season begins.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press profiles Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who is "intimidating, impossible to please and more than a bit intense."
Terry Foster of the Detroit News profiles Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, who last year participated in a practice in shoulder pads.
Chicago Bears safety Major Wright on his glaring missed tackle Monday night, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "It's definitely something I can learn from. Taking a better angle, slowing down and breaking down."
Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times on Bears tailback Matt Forte: "Let's start with what Forte isn't: He's not an elite running back. He's not Maurice Jones-Drew. He's not Chris Johnson. He's not Adrian Peterson. He's not going to make something out of nothing along the line."
Bears receiver Johnny Knox should be starting ahead of Roy Williams, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Bears left guard Chris Williams worked out this offseason in a barn, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
The Green Bay Packers have quite a battle going on at tight end for roster spots. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Packers guard Josh Sitton, via Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "I'm really just trying to establish myself as one of the better guys in this league at [my] position."
Packers running back Ryan Grant should get a heavy workload in Friday night's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Minnesota Vikings guard Anthony Herrera told reporters he has no concerns about making it back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings have a deep group of receivers, according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune on Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave: "He'll accentuate his strengths, but, more importantly, he won't overly expose his weaknesses, which at the moment is an offensive line that has a shaky new left tackle and an ongoing competition at right guard, among other question marks lingering from a poor showing in 2010."