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Thursday, January 14, 2010
NFC North at night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Catching up on Thursday’s news in the NFC North:

We haven’t had much injury-related discussion for either Dallas or Minnesota this week, primarily because we’re very nearly in an all-hands-on-deck situation.

The only player for either team who sat out of practice Thursday was Vikings fullback Naufahu Tahi, who developed a back condition after practicing Wednesday. Dallas tailback Marion Barber (knee), who missed practice Wednesday, was on the field in a limited capacity Thursday. It’s hard to imagine him missing a game in front of hometown fans in Minnesota.

There was never any evidence to suggest a connection between Detroit firing special teams coordinator Stan Kwan at a time when one of the game’s best special teams coaches was available, but now we can close the book. Former Buffalo assistant Bobby April signed on Thursday with Philadelphia. If he spoke with Detroit officials, it went unreported.

There has been no official confirmation, but Jason La Canfora of NFL.com has joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter in reporting that Chicago will lose out on the bidding for defensive coordinator candidate Perry Fewell. It’s expected that Fewell will join the New York Giants instead.

Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier declined to rehash his awkward interview for Seattle’s head coaching job, one that came after it was reported Pete Carroll would get the job. “There will be a time to talk about what happened a week ago,” Frazier said, according to a transcript distributed by the team. “But I don’t necessarily know if this is maybe the most appropriate time. But there will be a time.”