We're Black and Blue All Over:
The man who set an NFL record by starting 297 consecutive games is now a pitchman and investor in a pain cream that he has been using in retirement. Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has details of Favre's journey and an impromptu infomercial he launched into during a recent interview with SiriusXM radio.
The cream requires a prescription and does not appear to be FDA approved, according to the Journal Sentinel. The president of the company that produces it said it has no ingredients that are banned in the NFL but declined to provide an ingredient list.
Favre's sojourn into this realm will be interesting not only because of his own well-documented history with narcotics but also in the current NFL atmosphere of intense scrutiny on pain killers. It will be worth following.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The signing of linebacker Desmond Bishop proves that not every move the Minnesota Vikings make is geared only to the long term. Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com explains.
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe reiterated that he believes he is "statistically the best punter the Vikings have had" during an appearance on the Dan Patrick radio show, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The job to return kickoffs and punts for the Green Bay Packers is "wide open," writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com, but Jeremy Ross will get plenty of opportunities.
Bill Bentley will compete for the Detroit Lions' nickel cornerback job assuming he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press examines the career history of Lions cornerback Ron Bartell.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune catches up with former Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer, whose late firing by the Bears left him unable to find a job this season.
McClure also spoke with former Bears tight ends coach Mike DeBord, who is now an administrator at the University of Michigan.