We're Black and Blue All Over:
It appears that Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings' immediate future has hit a crossroads. Amid anticipation that Jennings is set for a running test this week on his strained groin, Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports Jennings traveled Tuesday to visit a specialist for another opinion about an injury that has cost him four games already this season.
It's possible, according to Wilde, that Jennings could be sidelined for several more weeks.
The Packers' offense has adjusted in his absence, inserting second-year player Randall Cobb into its three-receiver sets. The trio of Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones has provided the luxury of allowing Jennings to wait until he is fully healed before returning. He has already had one setback in Week 4.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Behind every player there is an agent who remains an integral part of their careers from rookie minicamps to retirement. Choosing those agents and then relying on them is one of the most important decisions players will make."
The Packers have good depth in their secondary as they attempt to make do without cornerback Charles Woodson, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on the Minnesota Vikings' 5-2 record: "While the rest of the NFL tries to figure out how the Vikings became the most surprising success story in the league, the simplest explanation is the most accurate: They have amassed quite a few good players."
Vikings tight end John Carlson (concussion) won't play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, notes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but coach Leslie Frazier said: "The doctors have not indicated to me that it's something we have to be concerned about long term. There'll be a lot more discussions." Carlson has had four reported concussions in his football career.
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson sat out the team's lone practice this week as part of the protocol on his sprained ankle, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is not backing down from his criticism of the hit Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh put on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night. Speaking to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Marshall said: "Listen, I'm around Jay every day, and I'm going to stand up to this. Jay doesn't want to create any controversy. Was it the worst hit? No, it wasn't the worst hit. But I've never seen someone play the game like that. For a wrestling move to be accepted on the football field is ridiculous. It was illegal. It wasn't borderline illegal. It wasn't suspect. It was illegal. It's bad football."
Cutler said on his ESPN 1000 radio show that he has no doubts he will be ready to practice Thursday.
The Bears used their three-receiver sets more than usual Monday night to try to exploit the Lions' depth issues at cornerback, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Lions receiver Nate Burleson will need surgery to repair his fractured leg, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and could need up to eight months to recover.
The Lions haven't lost confidence in returner Stefan Logan, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The Lions will play a low-scoring offense Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks. The staff at Mlive.com wonders if that will help mitigate the Lions' season-long issues with scoring in the first half.