NFC North: Bryan Walters

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin briefly put a scare into the team's fan base Monday night by tweeting -- one day after April Fool's -- that he needed shoulder surgery. Harvin quickly followed up by saying he should be healed in time for spring practices, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Harvin needs only an arthroscopic cleanup and will have a quick recovery time.

The Vikings are already dealing with the surgery rehabilitation of tailback Adrian Peterson, who tore two ligaments in his knee in December. Barring a surprise move in the draft or later in the trade market, Harvin projects as the Vikings' No. 1 receiver in 2012.

Continuing around the NFC North:
  • Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press points out that Harvin pushed through a number of nagging injuries last season, but none were related to a shoulder injury.
  • The Vikings' stadium bill was approved by a state legislative committee Monday night but has a long way to go toward final approval, according to the Star Tribune.
  • The Vikings signed free-agent receiver Bryan Walters, who caught three passes last season for the San Diego Chargers. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
  • New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson on new Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "I'm going to tell you something. If you don't like Anthony Hargrove, you have to check out of the human race. If you don't like this guy, you don't like anybody."
  • Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "If Nick Collins received word about his future in football on Monday, no one from his camp was saying."
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has details about the scheduled arraignment of Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure.
  • Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "For a young man who was born in a prison and spent most of his young life trying to outrun the former lifestyle of his parents, the Lions' Mikel Leshoure has hit another bump in the road."
  • Leshoure did not show up Monday for his arraignment, according to Julie Mack of Mlive.com, but is expected to do so Wednesday or face arrest.
  • Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey feels better about the NFL's new kickoff rules, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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