Friday, July 31, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Bears' Harrison on NFI
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
MANKATO, Minn. -- At last! The first 2009 training camp practices are upon us in the NFC North. I'll be at Minnesota's, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson will be in Bourbonnais, Ill., where the Bears are scheduled to practice at 3 p.m.
Dickerson brings us an interesting note from Thursday's reporting day: Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, who is a leading candidate to start alongside Tommie Harris, will be placed on the non-football injury list because he didn't make weight. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Harrison is 322 pounds, about 10 pounds over his listed playing weight.
Dickerson reports Harrison is also facing some personal issues, but coach Lovie Smith has a longstanding policy regarding weight and practice time. Harrison will have to get himself back in shape before the Bears allow him on the field. In the meantime, Anthony Adams and Dusty Dvoracek will see most of the snaps at that position.
Let's continue around the division:
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reports this quote from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler about his relationship with linebacker Brian Urlacher: "I wouldn't go face-to-face with Brian anyway, first of all, but no, that never has happened. I've hung out with Brian away from the facility numerous times and we've always gotten along. There's nothing between us. Let's put that to rest now. There never has been anything between us."
- Smith believes that free-agent quarterback Michael Vick deserves another chance in the NFL, but doesn't have interest in bringing him to the Bears. Biggs has that story.
- In an interview with the Associated Press' Larry Lage, Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said he loves to read but skips books written by women. Schwartz: "I've tried to, but their perspective is different, so I stick with what I like."
- Schwartz said that quarterback Daunte Culpepper was 295 pounds when he took the Lions job, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. Culpepper is down to about 265 pounds now.
- Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said he hasn't ruled out re-signing offensive lineman Mark Tauscher, who is still recovering from knee surgery, reports Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- It's not out of the question that the Packers could have defensive tackle B.J. Raji signed by the time they open practice Saturday. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette updates the situation.
- Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was asked if he was offended by the team's pursuit of Brett Favre. Jackson's response, as reported by Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Not really. That's part of the game, it's part of the business. I just got to go take care of my part and be ready. I just have to do my thing. I can't control that part of the game ..."
- As of Friday morning, we've received no word that the Vikings had signed first-round pick Percy Harvin. Without an agreement, he'll miss his second day of camp Friday. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune writes that coach Brad Childress is concerned about Harvin missing time.