- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Hurricane Sandy has caused death, unprecedented destruction and untold hardship moving forward. Fortunately, those of us who live in NFC North territory have been spared its wrath to this point. I hesitate to put the following news into anything resembling a significant impact of the storm, but I'll pass it along nonetheless.
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings was scheduled for surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair an abdominal tear, but as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, that procedure has been delayed because of travel disruptions. It's not yet clear if or when Jennings will be able to get to Philadelphia, or if he will need to seek the procedure elsewhere.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported Jennings faces about a three-week recovery from surgery before he is ready to return to the field.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers running back Alex Green has struggled in the lead role and opened the door to more playing time for James Starks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Trick plays on special teams have injected some energy into the Packers, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin on the team's recent offensive struggles, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com: "It's been fundamentals that have been killing us."
The Vikings could get back safety Mistral Raymond (foot) this week, writes Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Vikings center John Sullivan, via Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "We're 5-3. Big picture, we're fine."
The Detroit Lions are terming safety Louis Delmas' status day-to-day after his troublesome left knee forced him out of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
Lions cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Drayton Florence (arm) will return to practice this week, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "They don't keep statistics for the impact Calvin Johnson makes in a game when he's not catching passes."
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times on the Chicago Bears' offense: "Seven games into the season, the offensive line still looks like it was assembled in the dark."
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune debited the Bears' offensive line for only two of the six sacks quarterback Jay Cutler took against he Carolina Panthers.
Bears coach Lovie Smith doesn't have a timetable for the return of receiver Alshon Jeffery, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.