- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spent some time digging into stories about the surgically repaired big toe of the Green Bay Packers' second-round draft pick, running back Eddie Lacy. The bottom line: Lacy had a modified version of toe fusion surgery that isn't expected to limit mobility in the way that a more typical fusion surgery would.
That was the word from Alabama's team doctor, who said the window for legitimate long-term concern has already passed after Lacy had the procedure following the 2011 season. Said physician E. Lyle Cain Jr.: "The bottom line is, the fusion he had does not affect his big-toe motion."
There have been reports of two teams that were scared off from drafting Lacy because of the surgery. In the end, as Dunne writes: "Only longevity -- or a lack thereof -- will ultimately prove who was right on draft day."
Continuing around the NFC North:
Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, who remains a free agent, is assuming there will be no opportunity to return to the Packers. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
As the Packers prepare to open their rookie minicamp, Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette profiles Eastern Michigan pass-rusher Andy Mulumba, one of the more accomplished members of the Packers' class of undrafted rookies.
The Detroit Lions are set to host free agent return man Josh Cribbs on a visit, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, appearing on NFL Live via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News, said he has no problem with defensive tackle Nick Fairley's Super Bowl talk. Schwartz said he "likes guys that set the bar high."
As the Lions prepare for their rookie minicamp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press profiles guard Larry Warford.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com addresses five things to watch at the Lions' rookie minicamp.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune has an interesting take on the Chicago Bears' new offense: They value guards over tackles now, which helps explain drafting Oregon guard Kyle Long in the first round last month.
As the Bears prepare for their rookie minicamp, Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times profiles linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com addresses five things to watch at the Bears' rookie minicamp.
Among the issues the Minnesota Vikings had to negotiate with TCF Bank Stadium: Whether Coke or Pepsi products would be sold during games. The winner was Coke, although Pepsi's Gatorade will be available to players on the sideline, according to Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio.
At best, the Vikings will be able to add 4,730 temporary seats to the stadium, bringing capacity to about 55,000. Mila Koumpilova of the St. Paul Pioneer Press explains.