Sunday, August 12, 2012
NFC North Quick Hits: Sunday
By Kevin Seifert
A few quick hits to update the news stories we touched on Saturday:
Item: Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher broke his silence on his absence from practice, saying he was "sure" he will be ready to play when the regular season opens Sept. 9.
Comment: In the end, that's all that matters. A 34-year-old linebacker doesn't need much, if any, preseason work. Here's the concern: If the knee swelled up after a week or so of practice, which followed seven months of rehabilitation and rest, is it reasonable to think Urlacher can get through a 16-game season without it happening again?
Item: As reported by ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Minnesota Vikings activated tailback Adrian Peterson from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Sunday. Peterson participated in a morning walk-through practice but will have to ease into the full practice schedule in accordance with the NFL's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). He should practice in full pads Tuesday.
Comment: Coach Leslie Frazier cautioned reporters about making assumptions on Peterson's next step and eventual availability for Week 1. But it's easy to see a path that takes him through a few weeks of practice, gets him on the field for preseason Week 3 or 4, or both, and culminates with at least an appearance in the Sept. 9 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Item: The Green Bay Packers moved through another practice without announcing the signing of tailback Cedric Benson.
Comment: Multiple news outlets confirmed the original ESPN report that Benson was in Green Bay and preparing to sign with the team. It's not clear what, if anything, has caused the delay. But with James Starks sidelined by a turf toe, Alex Green on a snap count because of his knee and Brandon Saine limited by a hamstring injury, you would think the Packers need to make a significant addition at running back.