We’re Black and Blue All Over:
The Chicago Bears are on their bye week, but they practiced Wednesday and welcomed back rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi to the practice field. Carimi hasn't played since dislocating his right kneecap in Week 2.
It's not yet clear if Carimi will be ready for the Bears' Nov. 7 game at the Philadelphia Eagles. But as Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com points out, the Bears will have an interesting dilemma when he is ready.
The Bears' latest offensive line configuration, with Lance Louis at right tackle and Chris Spencer at right guard, has worked well. Would the Bears break up that tandem to slide Carimi back into his right tackle spot? And if they do, who would go to the bench?
Generally speaking, first-round draft choices get the benefit of the doubt in these situations. It's hard to imagine Carimi being the odd man out. We could be a few weeks away from that scenario, however.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Bears are looking forward to getting receiver Earl Bennett back on the field after the bye, notes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears rookie safety Chris Conte already has a nickname: The Birdman. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune has more.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "This is new territory for the [Detroit] Lions. They're losing, but it's not because they're bad, but rather because they're improving ... and opposing teams are taking them more seriously."
Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus is gearing up to face Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller this weekend, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The Lions will face some notable veterans in the Broncos' secondary as well, notes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com writes there is a "real possibility" that cornerback Chris Cook has played his last game with the Minnesota Vikings.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield said his neck injury is "more than a strain," writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at the matchup between Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The Green Bay Packers are blitzing nearly 40 percent of the time this season, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Winning is extremely difficult in the NFL, yet the Packers are making it look easy."