Sunday, August 2, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The perils of golf carts
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Here's one you won't read every day: Detroit receiver Bryant Johnson ended up on the non-football injury list because of ... a golf cart accident.
As Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com writes, residents of Johnson's Atlanta neighborhood in Atlanta typically drive golf carts for short trips. In early July, Johnson's cart tipped over on the driver's side. He slid down a hill and suffered mostly superficial cuts and bruises. No word on the cause of the accident.
Coach Jim Schwartz said there were no serious injuries, but Johnson isn't ready to practice yet. In the meantime, Dennis Northcutt is taking most of the repetitions as the Lions' No. 2 receiver in training camp.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Lions receiver Calvin Johnson set the tone in camp by making a diving, 50-yard catch from Daunte Culpepper on his first pass. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News recounts the Lions' first day of camp.
- Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press lays out his requirements for Matthew Stafford to be inserted as the Lions' starting quarterback.
- With Jay Cutler throwing lasers all over training camp, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times remembers the best passing offense in the history of the Bears. In 1995, Erik Kramer threw for 3,838 yards.
- Cornerback Zack Bowman is making a good early impression in Bears camp, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. Saturday night, he intercepted a Cutler pass intended for Devin Hester.
- Green Bay safety Nick Collins said he is "up to speed on everything" after missing most of the offseason program. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chronicles the first day of Packers camp.
- Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has a fun nugget: This spring, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk took a cab from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to Green Bay in order to make an organized team activity on time. The fare? $1,000.
- Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on Minnesota's quarterback situation: "Just in case you thought the Brett Favre Saga had a chance of ending any time in the next five years, the first three practices of Vikings training camp reminded everyone that this is a good team without a trustworthy quarterback, and that no matter how much he doth protest, Favre, like a crazy ex-girlfriend, remains one phone call and one more emotional flip-flop away."
- Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles former Vikings guard Randall McDaniel, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.