Monday, August 5, 2013
BBAO: Big night of news for Packers
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
It looks like I picked a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good moment to turn over the majority of our Green Bay Packers coverage to new teammate Rob Demovsky. Two big stories broke Sunday night, one that provides some entertainment value but another that will have a deep impact on the team and the entire division.
As Demovsky wrote, the Packers will work out free agent quarterback Vince Young on Monday. There are no quarterback controversies in Green Bay as long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, and it's not clear if the Packers are even seeking competition for backup Graham Harrell, but it's not often that the Packers even work out a veteran free agent of Young's prominence.
More important, however, the Packers might lose left tackle Bryan Bulaga to a significant injury, news that would cripple the offseason overhaul of their offensive line. As we noted earlier this summer, the entire effort of flipping both tackles and guards centered around getting their best possible option -- Bulaga -- at left tackle.
If Bulaga is in fact lost for a long period of time, we'll see if the Packers have a better option than returning deposed starter Marshall Newhouse to the position. At the moment, it doesn't appear that they do.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder told Tom Pelissero of USA Today that his throwing shoulder, repaired via surgery in 2009, is finally feeling fully healed.
- Kent Youngbood of the Star Tribune profiles rookie Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, who played in college at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- According to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil returned to his playing weight after a bout of pneumonia with a menu that looks like this: "Three shakes a day -- each packing about 800 calories and 60 grams of protein -- interspersed between three square meals of lean meat, pastas and sweet potatoes, plus three snacks, usually peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In a pinch, he permits himself the occasional Chipotle burrito, but not much else."
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press profiles Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley, who is one of the team's hardest workers.
- Lions defensive backs have increased the intensity of training camp practices, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- Lions rookie running back Theo Riddick injured his toe in Sunday's practice, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune profiles Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, who is still suffering from effects of injuries he suffered four years ago in the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility.
- Injuries are piling up for the Chicago Bears, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- The battle between the Bears' secondary and their tall receivers has been the best of training camp, according to Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.