Black and Blue all over: Bears and Chambers

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

There was some buzz among Chicago fans Tuesday about the possibility of picking up receiver Chris Chambers, whom San Diego unexpectedly waived Monday. And as ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson notes, former NFL player Rodney Harrison endorsed the potential move during an appearance on ESPN 1000.

But Chambers ended up going to Kansas City on a waiver claim. As my AFC West colleague Bill Williamson points out, neither the Bears nor any other team placed a claim on him.

That shouldn’t be surprising. The Bears really have made no serious attempts -- that we’re aware of -- to augment their young group of receivers since the starting of training camp. The combined performances of Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox have been a pleasant surprise, and there’s no point in disturbing that chemistry in midseason.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune is considering a boycott of quoting Bears coach Lovie Smith: “My thought was that until Smith said something both interesting and truthful (early bet: 2018), no utterances of his would show up in this column space.” Ultimately, however, Morrissey writes: “It occurred to me that if I make my column a Lovie-free zone, I am making things easier for him. The fewer people who read his quotes, the fewer who will realize a shell of a coach is running the Bears.”

  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times tries to get a handle on the Bears’ defense.

  • Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at Green Bay’s poor performance on opening drives.

  • The Packers are an average team, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee goes behind the scenes with Packers tailback Ryan Grant.

  • Detroit tailback Kevin Smith is one of the few players coach Jim Schwartz is showing patience with, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com. Schwartz has benched at least 10 starters in seven games.

  • The Lions signed free-agent cornerback Jason David and placed Demarcus Faggins on injured reserve, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.

  • T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com reviews the congressional hearing on the Williams Wall case: "Subcommittee chairman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., made it clear in Tuesday's hearing that he wants the NFL and the NFL Players Association to work out their differences on their own and that legislation would be a 'last resort.'"

  • Here’s a local version of that story from Kevin Diaz of the Star Tribune.