- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson was the big NFC North winner at the ESPYS on Wednesday night, bringing home the awards for best comeback and best NFL player.
For those of you who didn't see it, Peterson showed more public personality than he typically does in receiving the first award. He also made sure to mention two locals who he believes played vital roles in his return from knee surgery: Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and the team's chef, Geji McKinney.
Two other NFC North players had been nominated for an ESPY. Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson lost the best record-breaking performance to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, while Johnson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost to Peterson for best NFL player.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall thinks he needed offseason hip surgery in part because the Bears didn't have enough weapons around him last season. Marshall, via Sarah Spain of ESPNChicago.com: "I am [looking forward to having more weapons]. It was tough sledding last year. I think that's why I had to have the surgery. I had 2-3 guys on me every single play…."
The contract of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will expire after the season but he doesn't think this is his final year in the NFL, writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune.
Tillman would prefer to play his entire career with the Bears, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com looks at the training camp battle for the Detroit Lions' No. 3 quarterback spot between Kellen Moore and Thaddeus Lewis.
As Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News points out, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has admitted he made a mistake in counting on tailback Jahvid Best to return to the field last season. Best was released Wednesday.
Tight end Jermichael Finley is the ninth-most important player on the Green Bay Packers' roster, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers guaranteed $8.25 million in the new contract of Packers safety Morgan Burnett, notes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks back at the career of Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.