We're Black and Blue All Over:
Hello there. I hope everyone had a great time in my absence last week. I know I enjoyed being absent, or something like that. But we've got a great week planned and I can't wait to get started.
It appears our top-notch ESPN.com editing staff kept you up-to-date during what was a relatively quiet week. Sunday's links post should get you caught up with most of the weekend coverage around the division, but I managed to scrounge up some additional stories for your Monday morning coffee.
On with it…
Jason Wilde of ESPMMilwaukee.com tells why Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is so committed to helping children's hospitals.
Don't forget about Packers cornerback Davon House, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Detroit Lions are going to be challenged to live up to expectations in 2012, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril made clear he will be thrilled to play for $10.6 million in 2012, notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com thinks that Lions receiver Titus Young and safety Louis Delmas have "buried the hatchet."
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs hosted 350 young football players at a camp over the weekend, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Here's a video of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's conversation with ESPN 1000 about receiver Devin Hester.
Receiver Stephen Burton is opening eyes this spring at the Minnesota Vikings' workouts. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
The Vikings have some interest in free agent linebacker Brian Banks, notes Pelissero.