We're Black and Blue All Over:
Sorry about the light posting Thursday afternoon. Got tied up. It happens.
What we missed: Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) will make his debut Monday night against the Chicago Bears. The Lions have yet to confirm the news and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the team has made no decision.
Whether Fairley plays or not, it's difficult to imagine him making a significant impact Monday night. Thursday was his third practice since undergoing foot surgery in August. On Fairley's football body clock, it's not even time for the first preseason game yet.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions signed safety Vincent Fuller as insurance behind injuries to Amari Spievey and Erik Coleman, notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Lions linebacker Justin Durant passed his concussion test and returned to practice Thursday, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press.
Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com examines the production of the Lions' defensive line.
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is concerned about the cumulative effect of hits on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
It appears the Bears will start Lance Louis at right guard and Frank Omiyale at right tackle Monday night, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams hasn't been the same since bruising his right shoulder in Week 1, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers running back James Starks is working to improve his vision of holes, write Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com gets inside Clay Matthews' one-sack season.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com illustrates the Minnesota Vikings' ongoing rebuilding project.
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson is trying to emerge as a locker room leader, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings have neglected their offensive line in recent drafts, writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.