We're Black and Blue All Over:
As we discussed Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers would hold the rights to suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell accepts his request for reinstatement. The team offered no formal comment on its intentions, but here's what team president/CEO Mark Murphy told Lance Allan of TMJ-4:
"The bigger concern for Johnny is just getting his life straightened out. ... Being able to lead a productive life from here on out. He's been out of football for a couple years now."
I don't know how this will play out, but generally speaking, good players get second chances in the NFL, even if it is with a different team. The task now is to figure out if Jolly is still a good player after missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette believes Jolly deserves a second chance: "The man could desperately use a break and another chance."
The NFL didn't have much of a reaction to Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove's accusation of false identification in the New Orleans Saints bounty case. Here's what spokesman Greg Aiello said: "We stand by the findings of our investigation."
The Packers' decision to stand pat at running back could be a subtle vote of confidence for second-year player Alex Green, who is still recovering from knee surgery, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is participating this week in minicamp while his father, Alan, is at the Mayo Clinic dealing with complications of leukemia. Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune has more.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com: "[Percy] Harvin's complaints provided another installment of the type of Winter Park drama to which we long ago became accustomed. But it's also the type of drama the Vikings can ill afford to be saddled with at this point."
The Vikings are trying to gauge where some of their young players are mentally, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Detroit Lions will monitor defensive tackle Nick Fairley this summer, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is the NFL's most overrated player, writes Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com.
Here is video of Lions defensive end Cliff Avril's appearance Tuesday on the NFL Network, via NFL.com.
Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman has been released from jail, according to the Associated Press.