Thursday, December 29, 2011
BBAO: Lions, Packers move on
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
As it turns out, the Green Bay Packers' reserve offensive lineman who got stomped on Thanksgiving Day by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh likely will be in the starting lineup Sunday for the rematch between the two teams. But Suh and guard Evan Dietrich-Smith long ago made amends via phone, and the incident hasn't exactly been at the tip of either teams' lips this week.
"There's no hard feelings and that's pretty much it," Dietrich-Smith told reporters in Green Bay. He'll likely start at left guard Sunday, which would put him on the opposite side that Suh usually lines up on.
Said Suh, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "My main focus is on the guy who is in front of me. If he's in front of me, then maybe I will chat with him, go against him, beat him and try to get some sacks."
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers coach Mike McCarthy seemed a bit miffed after learning just before practice Wednesday that tight end Jermichael Finley had a sore knee. More from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- If Packers players have been told how much they'll be on the field Sunday, they aren't saying. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
- Former Packers cornerback Al Harris is retiring, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- The Lions had their eyes on running back Joique Bell for a while before signing him this week, according to Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on not making the Pro Bowl, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "There's a lot of opinions that go into it, obviously, with all the fans, players and coaches. But I'm not too worried about that. I'm more worried about this game coming up and then our team future. Hopefully I'm busy that weekend, anyway."
- Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub's contract will expire after the season, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- The Bears signed guard Edwin Williams to a two-year contract extension, notes ESPNChicago.com.
- Bears quarterback Josh McCown isn't looking too far ahead, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press talks to Minnesota Vikings tailback Toby Gerhart.
- Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, who will go back to the bench for Sunday's season finale against the Bears, isn't one to make waves. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune explains.
- ESPN1500.com wonders whether Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson has played his last game in the NFL.