We're Black and Blue All Over:
Mixed in with the Green Bay Packers' long injury report was the little-known fact that rookie linebacker Nick Perry, who hasn't played since injuring his knee last month, was also dealing with a wrist injury suffered earlier this season. Coach Mike McCarthy said Perry would be getting a second medical opinion this week, but as it turns out, the evaluation was of his wrist and it might mean he will miss the rest of the season.
According to Lance Allan of WTMJ-Ch. 4 in Milwaukee, Perry had surgery on the wrist Tuesday. The Packers made no announcement, but it's hard to imagine him returning anytime soon. If he doesn't play again this season, Perry will finish his rookie year with two sacks in six games. He has been replaced by veteran Erik Walden, who appeared motivated by the decision to draft Perry and has played well.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has been more effective in a limited role this season, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers play-by-play announcer Wayne Larrivee offers some perspective on receiver Donald Driver's season in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers considers his fumble recovery last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals to be one of the best plays of his career, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune explains why no one calls out the diva attitude of Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com on the Vikings: "This team was never built to win in 2012. This was the season for general manager Rick Spielman, in his first year in that capacity, to get answers."
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell took a step forward in his role last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News offers a midseason analysis of the Lions.
The Lions will have to stop Vikings defensive end Jared Allen this Sunday at the Metrodome, notes the staff of Mlive.com.
Former Chicago Bears safety Danieal Manning is emotional about his return to Soldier Field this Sunday night with the Houston Texans, he told ESPN 1000.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times has a midseason report on the Bears.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune wonders when the Bears' offense will take off.