Wednesday, September 15, 2010
BBAO: Tom Lewand's suspension lifted
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Although the NFL has made no formal announcement, Detroit-area media outlets are reporting that Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand has been reinstated from a 30-day suspension nine days early and will be back on the job Wednesday.
The NFL originally suspended Lewand and fined him $100,000 after he pleaded guilty this summer to driving while impaired. He was sentenced to six months' probation and paid $870 in court fees and costs. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also laid out an extensive set of requirements for seeking outpatient help, all of which Lewand reportedly complied with and apparently had a role in his early return.
If his fine was reduced, it hasn't been reported.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The Lions placed rookie nickelback Aaron Berry on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com. Veteran Nate Vasher has replaced him on the roster.
- Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "An emotional outburst from Jim Schwartz would have appeased the insecure looking for somebody in the Lions organization to articulate their outrage about what has now been called the Decompletion. But Schwartz looked more like a good NFL head coach in the aftermath of Sunday's controversial finish than at any point since his arrival last year."
- Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester was a forgotten man last Sunday at Soldier Field, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
- Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Whether it's goal-line issues, a fumble, a tough time against Detroit's front or the controversial finish, [Matt] Forte's contribution was somehow overlooked or at least underappreciated."
- The Bears could be eyeing free-agent linebacker Rod Wilson to take Hunter Hillenmeyer's spot on the roster, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Ryan Grant wasn't one of the Green Bay Packers' six or seven best players, but he was one of their six or seven most important."
- Grant discussed having surgery on his injured ankle and returning late in the season, reports Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, but the Packers decided against holding open his roster spot that long. He will still have surgery.
- The Packers viewed most of the available veteran free-agent running backs as poor fits for their scheme, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Instead, they signed rookie Dimitri Nance off the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad.
- The Minnesota Vikings had four receivers in for workouts Tuesday but have yet to sign any of them, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- New Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo is still learning the team's offense, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- The Vikings will prepare for the Miami Dolphins' Wildcat scheme this week, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.