We're Black and Blue All Over:
So, yeah. Monday. That was interesting.
A bizarre descent of December fog basically shut down my favorite NFC North airport in Appleton, Wis., so at about 11:45 a.m. local time I realized that if I was going to get back to blog headquarters on Monday, it was going to be via car. And because I haven't yet learned how to dictate blog items into our software (or if it's possible), and because I never, ever, never operate digital equipment while driving, I had a nice little five-hour stretch of non-productivity on what is usually our busiest day of the week.
That's why our last Free Head Exam didn't post until after 11 p.m. ET, and that's why we didn't cover some of the daily news that emerged, most notably the torn ACL of Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles. So let's do our best to get back to even in our morning tour, and we'll take it from there. Deal?
The Detroit Lions have once again sent receiver Titus Young home and told him to stay away from the team, and it appears the organization is ready to "distance itself" from him on a permanent basis. Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com has more.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and other players were celebrating an interception, not an injury to Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Winston Justice, in the fourth quarter Sunday. Justin Rogers of Mlive.com explains.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "The Lions aren't as talented as they think and the coaches and front office haven't been as clever as advertised."
The Lions need to devote their 2013 draft to defense, writes Jeff Seidel of the Detroit News.
The Chicago Bears still aren't sure what Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did to them Sunday, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bears' defense was sloppy against the Seahawks, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said on his ESPN 1000 radio show that he won't be looking to break the bank on his next contract.
Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is going to be hard-pressed to play Sunday night against the Lions, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers are hoping that defensive back Charles Woodson will be ready for the Dec. 16 game against the Bears, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Indications are that the ankle injury of Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang isn't as serious as once feared. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Packers.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune looks deeper into the future of Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
There doesn't appear to have been much change in receiver Percy Harvin's ankle injury, writes John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.