Monday, June 3, 2013
BBAO: Evan Rodriguez apologizes
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Friday, I wondered if a second offseason arrest for tight end Evan Rodriguez would end his tenure with the Chicago Bears. Based on a statement released by the team Sunday afternoon, it appears that no immediate action is planned and that Rodriguez will remain on the roster.
Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane change early Friday morning. In the statement, Rodriguez apologized for the incident and pledged to "make positive changes in my life so that this doesn't happen again." That portion of the statement implies the Bears have given him another chance.
In March, Rodriguez was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication in Miami Beach, Fla. Prosecutors ultimately dropped those charges. Rodriguez was drafted last year as a tight end but mostly played fullback in the Bears' offense. The assumption is that he is on the shortest leash imaginable with the franchise, and the NFL will by rule review both arrests for possible discipline.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune profiles the Bears' new offseason program under strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Clark, who favors "Olympic style platforms and multifunctional racks," according to the story.
- The Chicago Sun-Times goes four downs with former Bears coach Mike Ditka.
- Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a Q&A with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who speaks of his life with a new contract, his expectations for the offense, receiver Randall Cobb and his legacy hopes, among other topics.
- Packers safety Sean Richardson is working to get back on the field after a neck injury. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
- Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga "never batted an eye" when asked to switch positions this offseason, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Minnesota Vikings assistant coaches are pushing for Fred Evans to have a chance to start at nose tackle, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune outlines plans to develop nearly eight acres of park area around the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press profiles Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, who is supporting his sister as she fights against kidney failure.
- If the Lions have a leadership void, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com, coach Jim Schwartz needs to fill it rather than waiting for players to step up.
- Lions receiver Nate Burleson is excited about the potential of receiver Patrick Edwards, who spent most of last year on injured reserve. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News explains.