Black and Blue all over: Rodgers still sore
We've mostly left the Aaron Rodgers shoulder drama alone this week after the Green Bay quarterback made it through last Sunday's game against Atlanta -- and later said there was no doubt he would start Sunday at Seattle.
Still, it's worth noting that his condition is significant enough to prevent him from throwing during practice Wednesday or Thursday. According to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Rodgers was sore enough after a rehabilitation session that the team's medical staff decided to delay a plan to have him throw Thursday.
It's possible Rodgers will throw Friday and/or Saturday during practice and his status is not in question for Sunday. But it's significant whenever a starting quarterback is too sore to throw during practice, and Rodgers is wrapping up his second week in that condition. The Packers' bye week is Oct. 26, and it probably couldn't come soon enough.
Continuing through the NFC North on this Friday morning:
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel breaks down the slow start of Packers linebacker Nick Barnett. At this point last season, Barnett had nearly twice as many tackles (52) as he has now (27). "I would have liked to start the way I started last year," Barnett said. "But you can only do so much."
- The Chicago Bears' coaching staff is doing its best to talk up Atlanta running back Michael Turner, whom they will face Sunday. As Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, linebackers coach Lloyd Lee is referring to Turner as the next Jim Brown.
- An interesting battle is continuing between Bears cornerbacks Nate Vasher and Corey Graham, according to the Sun-Times. When Vasher returns from a hand injury, he'll be sharing time with Graham. At best, the two appear to be co-starters. Graham is said to be the superior run-stopper.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bears take a play out of the Miami Dolphins' playbook and use Devin Hester in the Wildcat formation. In that scenario, Hester would take a direct snap from center and have the option to run or pass.
- Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson isn't worried about three consecutive games with 80 or less yards, according to the Star Tribune.
- Vikings coach Brad Childress on his decision to work out four punters Wednesday: "I don't take it as high drama as you guys do."
- The Detroit Lions have scrapped plans to use more three- and four-receiver sets, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com
- Lions players are assuming quarterback Dan Orlovsky will start Sunday at Minnesota, writes Terry Foster of the Detroit News.