Friday, August 3, 2012
BBAO: Can't predict Nick Fairley discipline
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
If nothing else, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's visit to Detroit on Thursday served as reminder to stop making predictions for when the Detroit Lions might lose defensive tackle Nick Fairley to a league suspension.
Goodell disputed the suggestions that he always waits for the legal process to play out before making a decision, "particularly if there's a pattern of behavior," Goodell said. Fairley was arrested twice during the offseason in his hometown, but legal delays have pushed the hearing for one incident into November.
For all we know, the league has already suspended Fairley but hasn't announced it because the appeal process is still active. All we can say is that Fairley seems likely to miss some time, but whether the suspension starts in Week 1, Week 10 or in the 2013 season, we have no idea.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Lions defensive end Willie Young is getting a great opportunity during training camp because of starter Cliff Avril's holdout, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
- Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus hasn't had knee pain this summer, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is the Lions' chain mover, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times looks back at the process that led to tailback Matt Forte's contract agreement with the Chicago Bears.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune looks at the Bears' plans for their tight ends this season.
- It's going to be tough for receiver Dane Sanzenbacher to make the Bears' final roster, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
- Second-year player Stephen Paea appears to be the front-runner for the Bears' nose tackle position, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
- Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji is having an excellent camp at his normal weight of 337 pounds, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Packers linebacker D.J. Smith has proved he can play but must be patient, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants a repeat of his 2010 season, not the MVP one of 2011, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Joe Webb has had a decidedly mixed performance in training camp as the Minnesota Vikings' No. 2 quarterback, writes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune speaks with Vikings defensive line coach Brendan Daly.
- Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com speaks with Vikings defensive lineman Kevin Williams about the state of the team and his career.