Sorry folks. Hit the wall Monday afternoon after a quick turnaround from Sunday night's game at Candlestick Park. We have some loose ends to tie up from the weekend, starting with news of another injury to the Detroit Lions' defensive secondary.
Veteran Drayton Florence, who started the game against the San Francisco 49ers because Chris Houston (ankle) and Bill Bentley (concussion) were sidelined, suffered a forearm injury that coach Jim Schwartz said "doesn't look real good," according to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Florence broke his arm. The Lions haven't yet made a roster move, but it's hard to imagine Florence being ready to play anytime soon.
There is some optimism that both Houston and Bentley will be ready for practice Wednesday. The Lions travel to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions will get running back Mikel Leshoure back from suspension this week but are still scheduled to work out running backs Steve Slaton and Ryan Grant on Tuesday, according to Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com. Schwartz: "I'm not going to comment on guys that we would potentially bring in, or anything like that, but we do need the run the ball a little bit better." Agreed.
The Lions should have done a better job playing to their strengths Sunday night, writes Birkett for the Free Press.
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't appear critical of cornerback D.J. Moore, who spoke out against quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday. Smith, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "I have a problem with a 'teammate said' or 'source said.' But if you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it.''
Smith is optimistic about the short-term future of running back Matt Forte (ankle), notes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bears have benched left guard Chris Spencer and will start Chilo Rachal this week against the St. Louis Rams, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Ten of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's completions Sunday in Indianapolis were caught behind the line of scrimmage, according to film study from Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson acknowledged a coverage gaffe on the Colts' 30-yard touchdown play to receiver Reggie Wayne, according to the Star Tribune.
The Vikings want to increase the role of tight end John Carlson in their offense, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Green Bay Packers will return from four consecutive days off Tuesday. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette goes back and points to the play that might have turned around the status of cornerback Sam Shields.