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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Busy day for Chicago, Detroit

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

A couple of notable personnel moves already have taken place Tuesday in the NFC North.

In Chicago, the Bears signed receiver Devin Aromashodu off Washington's practice squad and placed defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek on injured reserve. The move, coming during a short practice week, suggests the Bears don't think they'll have receiver Marty Booker for Thursday night's game against New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Detroit cut ties with cornerback Brian Kelly, whom they once hoped to pair with Leigh Bodden as a formidable cornerback duo. But the Lions' failure to utilize Kelly this season -- he was held out of two games for which he was dressed and active -- is but one illustration of the flat-out chaos that has characterized their defense.

In the first game Kelly sat out, Oct. 5 against Chicago, Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry said he never intended to keep him on the bench for the entire game. After the second instance, Sunday against Minnesota, Lions coach Rod Marinelli attributed it to the use of a three-safety scheme designed to stop Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson.

But as Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press points out, the Lions used Bodden and Travis Fisher as their top two cornerbacks in passing situations. Kelly reportedly was disgruntled with his situation, hastening the move. Can you blame him?