Good morning and welcome to Week 5 in the NFC North. I'll soon be heading down to the Metrodome, now that the Twin Cities Marathon has cleared out of downtown Minneapolis. But first, a few random notes and thoughts here for your Sunday morning consumption:
As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will undergo tests this week to determine if he's any closer to being ready to be activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and thus cleared for full contact. Best isn't eligible to begin practicing until after next Sunday's game at the Philadelphia Eagles and couldn't play before the Oct. 22 Monday night game at the Chicago Bears. There have been no hints about Best's progress, or lack thereof, meaning his future is no less clouded at this point.
The Green Bay Packers added defensive end Mike Neal to their active roster Saturday, and he will be in uniform Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels was among the Packers' Sunday morning deactivations. That list also included running back James Starks and cornerback Davon House.
Starks is once again a healthy scratch. It's pretty amazing that a player who entered the preseason as the Packers' No. 1 running back can't get onto the field now that he has recovered from a turf toe injury. The Packers are going to ride the Cedric Benson Express, it appears.