We're Black and Blue All Over:
I've finally finished a roundabout return to NFC North headquarters and appreciate you sticking with us during a lighter-than-usual Tuesday. Although none were surprises, some pretty significant names in the division have been placed on injured reserve in the past few days.
The list begins with Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson (knee). He was replaced by practice squad running back Caleb King.
Tuesday, the Chicago Bears shelved quarterback Jay Cutler (thumb) and running back Matt Forte (knee). Cutler was scheduled to have the pins removed from his thumb this week but obviously wasn't going to be ready to play Sunday against the Vikings. He will end up missing the Bears' final six games, while Forte will have sat out their final four.
The Vikings, meanwhile, also placed guard Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve for the second consecutive season. He missed last week's game against Washington because of a concussion and was replaced on the roster by running back Jordan Todman, who was on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad and was signed with an eye toward training camp in 2012.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune doesn't understand why the Bears won't play some of their younger, untested players in Sunday's season finale.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times traces the Bears' downfall.
The Detroit Lions could be dangerous in the playoffs, writes Eric Lacy of the Detroit News.
The Lions signed running back Joique Bell off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad and released running back Aaron Brown. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com lists Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive end Cliff Avril as Pro Bowl snubs.
The Green Bay Packers are offering an additional 30,000 shares of stock after selling almost all of their initial offering of 250,000 shares, the team announced.
Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji made the Pro Bowl in part because voters weren't inclined to consider Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reviews the Packers' Pro Bowl delegation.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press offers some advice for the Vikings' quarterback situation.
Defensive end Jared Allen was the Vikings' lone Pro Bowl selection, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.