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Black and Blue all over: Vasher and more Vasher

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Taking a quick tour around the bye-heavy NFC North on a Friday morning:

  • Chicago cornerback Nate Vasher had pins removed from his right wrist on Wednesday, seeming to clear the path for his return after the bye. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times breaks down the future possibilities, which include a trip to the bench despite the five-year, $28 million extension Vasher signed in 2007.

  • David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune believes the Bears are better off with Corey Graham rather than Vasher as a starting cornerback.

  • Is it that time of year already? Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette breaks down what Green Bay must do to make the playoffs. The Packers have three games remaining with teams that currently have winning records, including a post-bye matchup Nov. 2 at undefeated Tennessee.

  • Unheralded defensive tackle Colin Cole has been the Packers' most consistent interior lineman, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • In an audio clip, Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com suggests the Lions should pursue incarcerated quarterback Michael Vick during the offseason.

  • Detroit's local FOX station will air a movie called "Best Laid Plans" in the time slot of Sunday's Lions game. David Birkett of the Oakland Press provides that nugget in his story about the team's first local television blackout since 2001.

  • Mark Craig of the Star Tribune suggests Minnesota work on the Wildcat offense, using Adrian Peterson as the quarterback, during their bye week.