NFC North: 2013 Week 6 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Green Bay Packers

October, 13, 2013
BALTIMORE -- Observed in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers' 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens:

Last man standing: Jordy Nelson was the only one of the Packers’ top three receivers left in the game after Randall Cobb and James Jones both were knocked by injuries in the first half, and he was the last player to leave the locker room after the game. “Unfortunately we lost some guys,” said Nelson, who caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as what some of it looked, and they’ll be back quick.”

Running back fuel: Running back Eddie Lacy, whose 120 yards on 23 carries gave him his first 100-yard rushing game in the NFL, had three empty bottles of Gatorade and one empty bottle of water in his locker. Without Cobb and Jones, Lacy knew he would get a lot of carries. “I had to stay hydrated,” Lacy said.

Happy quarterback: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the last Packers player to enter the locker room after the game, but before he did, he stopped outside the door where his position coach, Ben McAdoo, was waiting to give him a hug.

Team victory: Tight end Ryan Taylor was seated in front of his locker when reporters entered. To no one in particular, Taylor said: “That’s a team win right there.”

Locker Room Buzz: Detroit Lions

October, 13, 2013
CLEVELAND -- Observed in the locker room after the Detroit Lions' 31-17 victory against the Cleveland Browns:

Hip, Hop, Hooray: Running back Joique Bell wore a black "Hip, Hop, Hooray" T-shirt after the game, with the words stenciled in front of a background of him doing his touchdown celebration at Ford Field.

Of more importance was his rib injury. He said he got bent back on a run play in the fourth quarter and a rib popped out.

“I stayed in for another play and tried to play through it,” Bell said before laughing heavily.

Good news for him -- Bell said X-rays were negative.

Decisions, decisions: Tight end Joseph Fauria, who caught three touchdowns Sunday, perhaps had his biggest decision with what to wear into the postgame news conference. He reportedly ended up wearing a Lions shirt.

Johnson icing: Calvin Johnson, who did not speak with the media after the game, left the locker room walking to the Detroit bus with a large ice pack on his right knee.

Mathis seems fine: Cornerback Rashean Mathis said after the game that his groin injury was restricting his movement when he tested it, so he didn't return.

Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears

October, 11, 2013
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 27-21 victory over the New York Giants:

Injured linebackers: Dressing at adjacent lockers, linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson wondered about their future availability, as both suffered injuries that forced them out of action. Williams, who sustained what the team called a chest injury, said he won’t speak to the media “until I find out what’s wrong with me.” Anderson said he won’t know the extent of his back injury until Monday.

Push-broom mustache: Bears tackle Kyle Long grew a mustache that resembled the business end of a push broom for the game in honor of defensive tackle Nate Collins, who suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. “The mustache, it represents the sorrow I feel for not being able to see my buddy Nate Collins on the field every day,” Long said. “I’ve spoken to him in regards to the facial hair, and he likes it and he appreciates it.” Long considers Collins a brother. His actual brother, Chris Long, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, is Collins’ best friend. Chris and Collins were roommates at the University of Virginia.

Added message: Typically, the last two words on the dry-erase board in the locker room are “Bear Down.” That message was again there Thursday, followed by “Be a Monster.”




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Monday, 9/8