We're Black and Blue All Over:
So as you saw last night, we are now directly incorporating ESPNChicago.com's coverage of the Chicago Bears on the NFC North blog. When combined with our new Green Bay Packers coverage from Rob Demovsky, we now have more volume and detail on the Bears and Packers than ever.
Those developments leave me mulling whether the morning BBAO post is still necessary. I'm going to keep doing it for now, but be aware that I might make some tweaks to reflect the changes we've made. Fair warning.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com chronicles a four-interception practice for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune finds a "gaping hole" in the Bears' approach to Cutler's contract situation. Mulligan: "Leverage is the key to any negotiation, and the only real power the Bears hold over Cutler is whether to allow him to earn a ton of money to quarterback the team he followed as a child. There is organizational hubris involved in believing that is a deal-breaker."
Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times profiles Bears fullback Tony Fiammetta.
Detroit Lions receivers are focusing more on run-blocking under new position coach Tim Lappano. More from Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
At least five players are competing for the Lions' No. 5 receiver spot, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah has toned down what appeared to be a colorful personality heading into training camp, notes Gillian Van Stratt of Mlive.com.
Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Minnesota Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford, who appears once again in position to be a starter.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen rolled his ankle during practice Tuesday and his status is uncertain, according to Dan Widerer of the Star Tribune.
Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press: "Vikings fans clearly are the new Red Sox fans. They don't merely expect the other shoe to come down; they kind of look forward to it. That sense of inevitable disaster has become part of their identity. Woe is us."
Demovsky takes a closer look at what Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's knee surgery means.
A strong showing over the weekend at Family Night has put rookie Eddie Lacy in the leading role in the Packers' backfield, notes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers are hoping for a "miracle" with left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who has a torn ACL. More from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Either way, however, the Packers won't blink, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.