We're Black and Blue All Over:
It's difficult to have a single reaction to the Green Bay Packers' loss of safety Nick Collins. On the one hand, the Packers can feel confident that replacement Charlie Peprah successfully navigated an in-season transition at the other safety spot last season. But on the other hand, Peprah was asked to replace a rookie -- Morgan Burnett -- and not take on the role of one of the NFL's best at his position.
Peprah appears to understand that dynamic. Here are the reassuring words he provided to Wisconsin media Wednesday, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "I think that's the thing you've got to know: I'm not going to go out there and make things look the way Nick made it look. But I'm going to get the job done, and I'm going to do it right, and I'm going to make plays. ..."
As we've discussed before, the Packers have a much bigger task at hand in replacing Collins than they did last year with Burnett. But Peprah will give them a professional effort and performance, and they are fortunate to have him in this position for consecutive years.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers historically hasn't played his best games against the Chicago Bears.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) was "very limited" in practice Wednesday.
The Chicago Bears will give Frank Omiyale a one-week test as their right tackle in the wake of rookie Gabe Carimi's knee injury, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz took the blame for imbalanced play calling last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "What happened, to be honest with you, I got into a two-minute mode too soon. That's one of the things I talked with [coach] Lovie [Smith] about. Going into that fourth quarter, once that turnover came, there's just a lot of things; it's just not simple. But none of them are a justification. We went into that game thinking we were going to run the ball quite a bit, again there are reasons for everything, it's not that we want to do that. Nobody wants to throw the ball that much. It's not fun."
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is in survival mode, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Detroit Lions have increased their team speed on defense, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Lions cornerback Chris Houston has worked on his ball skills and already has two interceptions this season, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz on rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "He's going to play a lot of good football for us this year."
If they lose Sunday to the Lions, the Minnesota Vikings will need to re-evaluate their priorities for the season, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "[E]vidence is mounting that the Vikings (0-2) either do not have the playmakers to threaten defenses downfield or their playmakers simply are not up to the task."
Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson on his arrest this week for drunken driving, via the Star Tribune: "I made a mistake. I'm very regretful for the mistake. ... And I'm very fortunate and blessed that I didn't get hurt and no one else got hurt in the situation because of my selfishness." Coach Leslie Frazier said Johnson will be available to play Sunday against the Lions.