We're Black and Blue All Over:
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall has not backed down on his contention that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was injured on a dirty play during Monday night's victory over the Detroit Lions. Cutler and Bears coach Lovie Smith have both waved off such suggestions about the hit he received from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but on Tuesday we discussed whether Marshall's contention reflected his own opinion or if he was speaking for a silent majority in the Bears' locker room.
Wednesday, Marshall implied that Cutler privately agrees with him but doesn't feel comfortable speaking out.
"I think Jay is in the position with [the media] anything he says may be taken the wrong way and it's important for his teammates to speak for him at times,'' Marshall said, according to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
In the end, we should expect nothing less from Marshall, who has spoken his mind throughout his career and is eminently loyal to Cutler. Is Cutler truly angry at Suh? That's a very secondary issue here. Marshall is doing what teammates do.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice on right tackle Gabe Carimi, who has had some struggles in his first full season as a starter, via Jeff Dickerson ESPNChicago.com: "When Gabe's plays are ugly, they're ugly because of that reason. He wants to kill guys."
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has taken Cutler's place as the NFL's top sulker, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Suh on continued discussion of the play, via Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com: "I think it was a good play. That's probably why it was talked about."
The Lions signed free agent receiver Brian Robiskie to take the roster spot of receiver Nate Burleson. They are hoping to get him up to speed immediately, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News wonders if Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is experiencing a delayed sophomore slump.
The home team has a .636 winning percentage in Thursday night games over the past six years, notes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune as the Minnesota Vikings prepare for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On the other hand, the Vikings have lost nine of their last 11 prime-time games, notes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield on his renaissance season, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com: "The coaches are taking care of me during the week. That's the time that usually the legs feel a little heavy but I feel great. They're cutting off my reps in practice and letting me play on Sundays."
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finely wants to "blow that scoreboard up" Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
Injuries forced the Packers to cut short their Wednesday practice, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Seven players did not participate.
Packers place-kicker Mason Crosby is working to address his struggles on 50-plus yard field goals, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.