NFC North: Chicago Bers

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

A little bit here and there:

  • The Associated Press reports the Green Bay Packers will at least partially base their tampering case against the Minnesota Vikings on "more than normal" phone activity between Brett Favre and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The calls took place in the time period before Favre asked the Packers for his release. (Again, it seems only fair to judge the content of the conversations, not the existence of conversations themselves. But the NFL has a relatively low standard for tampering, as it showed during the Chicago-San Francisco case.)
  • In a twist, both Favre and Aaron Rodgers were in Los Angeles on Wednesday to attend the ESPY awards.
  • Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy told the New York Times he is "a little bit more on the team's side" in the dispute between the Packers and Favre. "Now he wants back in with them but wants back on his terms," Dungy said. "He's saying, 'I didn't work out, I'm just ready to play now and I'm your best bet to get to the Super Bowl."
  • Will new Chicago Bears running back Kevin Jones come back to haunt the Detroit Lions? And have the Lions adequately replaced him with Tatum Bell and rookie Kevin Smith?
  • Seventeen years after he was paralyzed, former Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley has regained most of the use of his hands and has some voluntary movement in his lower legs and feet. His goal is to one day return to Detroit and walk off the field.

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