Black and Blue all over: Late-night hearing
It's possible that the appeals process for at least one of Minnesota's Pro Bowl defensive tackles will extend into Friday, further disrupting the team's practice week as it prepares for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.
Kevin Williams and Pat Williams had separate hearings scheduled for Thursday in New York. Kevin Williams went first, and according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, the hearing hadn't ended as of 10:15 p.m. ET. As a result, Pat Williams' appeal hadn't even started -- making it likely that new plans would have to be made.
The Vikings originally expected that both players would return to their facility in time for Friday's practice. The team travels Saturday to Jacksonville.
Defensive end Jared Allen and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier spent Tuesday in New York meeting with NFL officials. Allen is rehabilitating a sprained right shoulder.
Continuing around the NFC North on a Friday morning:
- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had an interesting response Thursday when asked whether he was surprised to be left off the field for the team's final possession last Sunday in Tampa Bay. "Did it surprise you?" Peterson said to a group of Minnesota reporters.
- Chicago defensive end Mark Anderson hasn't had a sack in 22 games, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bears defensive end Alex Brown on the team's defensive problems: "We need to pressure the quarterback. That's what we're paid to do, and that's what the defense requires us to do. We have to get to the quarterback. We have to at least get him off rhythm, and we haven't been doing that as of late, so hopefully that'll change. We're just not doing our job right now, and we better change it." Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald has the story.
- Green Bay guard Daryn Colledge, who wasn't expected to win a starting job this season, has been the team's most consistent lineman, writes Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- The Packers are preparing as if New Orleans running back/returner Reggie Bush (knee) will be ready for Monday night's game. Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal breaks down the situation.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News breaks down the disappointing season of Lions linebacker Ernie Sims, who is on pace for a career low in tackles.
- The Lions will be blacked out for the third consecutive home game, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.