Sunday, August 8, 2010
BBAO: And on Sunday ...
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
BETWEEN GREEN BAY, Wis. AND MANKATO, Minn. -- Green Bay Packers training camp is in the rear-view mirror and we're beginning the slow trek toward the final stop of our 2010 NFC North camp tour. I'll be on the ground in Mankato in time for the Minnesota Vikings' morning practice Monday. In the meantime, I've planned a post or two to get you through your Sunday and will be checking in later if news arises.
It's looking like a relatively quiet day. (Jinx!) Both the Vikings and Packers gave players off Sunday. Chicago Bears players were off Saturday and aren't back on the field until Sunday night. The Detroit Lions will follow their normal schedule and practice twice, although coach Jim Schwartz gave players off Saturday night and pushed back the start of the Sunday morning session by an hour.
So while we have a moment, we'll catch up on news around the division:
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson said he pulled his left hamstring in the second day of practice but added he should be ready to return full-time by Monday. Tom Pelissero of 1500.ESPN.com has more.
- According to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune, here is how Vikings safety Husain Abdullah will maintaining himself during training camp while fasting for Ramadan: "Abdullah and the team's nutritionist developed a plan to help him maintain his weight and energy level while fasting. Abdullah will start his day at 5 a.m. with prayer and breakfast. He will eat a big dinner and then wake up at 2 a.m. every night to have a protein shake."
- Vikings receiver Percy Harvin (funeral) is also expected to return to practice Monday, according to the Associated Press.
- A crowd of 17,112 watched the Detroit Lions practice Saturday at Ford Field, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham is moving from the coaches booth to the sideline this fall, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- The Chicago Bears are making a big push this summer on special teams, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald: "Whether it's Mark Anderson or Israel Idonije or, more likely, some combination of the two playing on the opposite end from Julius Peppers in the Bears' defense, there will be many chances to stand out."
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Before fans, media and anybody with an opinion about the Green Bay Packers linebacker group demands Desmond Bishop be a starter, they should remember that the strong inside position is still A.J. Hawk's. It was just an intrasquad scrimmage, but based on the way Hawk shot around the field and Bishop got scorched in the passing game by tight end Jermichael Finley, one shouldn't count Hawk out of anything just yet."
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette likes the option that Brandon Jackson offers as a kickoff returner.
- The Packers took a step forward in their Family Night scrimmage, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.