Hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Those of us who stayed with LOST to The End are a bit bleary-eyed here Monday morning. But then again, what is a Monday without a few yawns?
In the offseason, Monday morning "Black and Blue all over" entries (BBAO!) are about catching up from the weekend, and so we'll start by noting this tweet from longtime NFC North friend and current New Orleans safety Darren Sharper. Here's what Sharper had to say late Friday night after learning of quarterback Brett Favre's left ankle surgery:
- sharper42 Well y'all seen Brett had surgery on that ankle we got after in the championship game. Come Thursday night 1st game. X marks the spot.
Sharper, of course, is referring to the Minnesota-New Orleans season opener Sept. 9. It was also a nod to a third-quarter play in the NFC Championship Game, when Saints defensive end Bobby McCray grabbed the same ankle and yanked down Favre after a pass. The NFL later fined McCray $20,000 and said he should have been penalized for the play.
You don't hear players speaking publicly about it often, but this is a standard part of what the NFL game has come to -- and it's why some coaches are so hesitant to release injury information. When a player is reported to have a weakness, real or imagined, you can expect opponents to pounce.
Continuing around the NFC North:
ESPNChicago.com has everything you want to know about the Chicago Bears' three-day minicamp on its Bears blog, including the news that veteran free-agent linebacker Brian Iwuh is set to sign a contract.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune refers to the Bears' defense as "radically different" from last year's group.
The Bears have discussed the possibility of signing currently-retired quarterback Trent Green as a backup, according to Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press on Lions linebacker Julian Peterson: "Now it seems Peterson could play an important role next season. The Lions' active offseason has left him as the only established starting linebacker and a big beneficiary of a revamped defensive line. The Lions are going to need him to make plays, and he should be in better position to make them."
The Lions are happy with the progress of linebacker Zack Follett, who is trying to win the starting job vacated by the traded Ernie Sims, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press.
Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Daryn Colledge is hoping to remain at left guard because it's "my best position," he told Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell: "It's hardly a stretch to say it's a make-or-break year for him."