Saturday, February 25, 2012
BBAO: Saturday morning update
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
INDIANAPOLIS Good morning on what will be a less intense third day at the NFL combine. All four NFC North coaches and three general managers have conducted their media availability, and we'll hash through those interviews in the coming days while also focusing on the on-field workouts that will begin in earnest.
Until that gets started, let's catch up on local coverage around the division:
- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said it will be a while before tailback Adrian Peterson starts running, despite Peterson's enthusiasm to speed up his recovery from knee surgery. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
- The biggest obstacle to a new Vikings stadium appears to be the Minneapolis city council, where a majority of members favor a voter referendum (that would certainly fail) before approving the project, according to the Star Tribune.
- The Vikings won't get to see Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon run at the combine, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy plans to make some changes to the way he administers the running game, notes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- The Packers remain far apart in negotiations with center Scott Wells, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com provides an update on Packers players rehabilitating from surgery.
- There has been progress on extending the contract of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the Lions don't have to lower receiver Calvin Johnson's cap number in order to conduct their offseason business, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- Pass rushers are key for cornerbacks, Mayhew said via the Free Press.
- New Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey is in Indianapolis learning more about the combine, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears general manager Phil Emery is making a mistake by not speaking with the media at the combine, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com checks in with Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, a possible draft target of the Bears.