Thursday, September 17, 2009
NFC North at night
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Catching up on Thursday’s comings and goings in the NFC North:
- Chicago instituted a bit of a shakeup in its defensive secondary. Cornerback Zack Bowman will replace Nate Vasher in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, the Bears waived injured cornerback Trumaine McBride and claimed cornerback DeAngelo White on waivers from Cleveland. White was Dallas’ fifth-round draft choice this year and spent 10 days with the Browns.
- Green Bay left guard Daryn Colledge sprained his foot in practice Thursday. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he doesn’t think the injury is serious. Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette outlines two options if Colledge can’t play Sunday against Cincinnati. Rookie T.J. Lang could replace him, or the Packers could move center Jason Spitz to left guard and start Scott Wells at center.
- On the other hand, Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji (ankle) and kick returner Will Blackmon (quadriceps) have full participated in practice the past two days. That makes it likely, but not certain, they’ll be available this weekend.
- Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril has missed the past two days of practice because of a hamstring injury. He started last Sunday’s game and is probably the Lions’ best pass-rusher. Jason Hunter would be one candidate to replace him this weekend against Minnesota.
- Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson’s 180-yard output last Sunday at Cleveland puts him on pace for a 2,880-yard season. Maybe that’s why he had this to say Thursday when speaking with Minnesota reporters: “As far as rushing yards, I always say I am shooting to get over 2,000. I am not setting my bar at 2,000 and that is it. No, I am shooting to get over 2,000. ...”