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We're Black and Blue All Over:

Oh boy. It looks like a bit of a family rivalry has developed between a past and current Green Bay Packers tight end.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com brings us up to speed on the back-and-forth between Mark Chmura and Jermichael Finley. During his weekly radio show, Chmura said of Finley: "He is a great player, but he is a moron." He also suggested that Finley "shut his mouth."

Thursday, Finley said: "That's just one of those jealousy things, I guess. I'm not trying to call him out or nothing. But that's how I see it." Finley added that he wouldn't recognize Chmura if he walked into the Packers' locker room, said he would love to "be in his face right now" and added: "I think he thought they stopped inventing the Super Bowl when they won it in '96, so he doesn't want to see that from my standpoint."

This exchange wasn't entirely unpredictable. Finley has never been shy about expressing his thoughts publicly. And although Chmura was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last month, his job now is to be a talk radio host. Ultimately, we'll see where his loyalties lie.

Continuing around the NFC North:
  • The Packers want linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive end Cullen Jenkins to line up on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage so that pass protection doesn't slide their way, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press Gazette on Packers rookie cornerback Sam Shields: "... less than two weeks into training camp the receiver-turned-cornerback from the University of Miami has the organization as excited as it's been about an undrafted rookie in the last 20 years." As we noted last week, Shields has been impressive as a cornerback but has dropped too many kick return opportunities.
  • The Minnesota Vikings' final full practice of training camp included a fight between defensive end Ray Edwards and running back Toby Gerhart. The Star Tribune has details.
  • U.S. Sen. Al Franken stopped by Vikings camp Thursday and spoke with Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  • The annual FavreWatch is "nothing new for me," said Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Bears are believed to have pulled off an NFL first: They have three successive defensive coordinators from three successive seasons -- Bob Babich, Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli -- still working on the same staff. It's a bizarre situation that somehow makes perfect sense to the guys involved."
  • Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald: "Rashied Davis is one of 10 receivers competing for six jobs in the Bears' training camp, and the other nine are all bigger and younger than he is. But Davis is well on his way to locking up a roster spot because, in addition to being a precise route runner and an experienced veteran, he's the best all-around special-teams player of the bunch."
  • Bears starters could play as much as a half in Saturday's preseason opener at San Diego, writes Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
  • The Detroit Lions would like receiver Bryant Johnson to become a legitimate threat this season, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
  • Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has made great strides since ending his five-day absence from training camp, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has a rundown of who will and won't play in Saturday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

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