NFC North: Darnell Bing

Posted by’s Kevin Seifert

We’re making a quick turnaround into Week 5 for two Black and Blue teams. Minnesota and Detroit will be back at work Wednesday to begin preparations for Sunday’s games, although Vikings coach Brad Childress has lightened up his team’s practice load and pushed it back to late afternoon to give players more time to recover from Monday night’s game.

Chicago and the Green Bay, meanwhile, are both in their bye week. It’s a little earlier than the ideal scenario, but both teams will make good use of it. The Bears have several injured players who will have an extra week to heal, including receiver Devin Hester and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. And the Packers will have time to address a number of disturbing trends that have surfaced over the first month of the season.

I’ll take a look at each team’s situation at the bye later this week. For now, let’s go for a spin around the division:
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

We'll use the blog today as a clearinghouse for all NFC North practice squad news. (Wow. There's a sentence you might not have read before.)

We expect teams to announce their lists throughout the day Sunday, so check back this afternoon and evening.


  • WR Jake Allen
  • C Brennen Carvalho
  • TE Joey Haynos
  • LB Danny Lansanah
  • DT Alfred Malone
  • CB Joe Porter
  • WR Brett Swain
  • RB DeShawn Wynn

Of note: The Packers released Wynn during the first round of roster cuts, but he did start four games last season and gives them an excellent internal insurance policy should an injury occur elsewhere. Haynos is an interesting physical prospect at 6-foot-8 and should at least give the Packers' defense a good look on the scout team.


  • LB Darnell Bing
  • OL Matt Butler
  • RB Allen Ervin
  • WR Eric Fowler
  • QB Drew Henson
  • S LaMarcus Hicks
  • WR Kenneth Moore

Of note: The Lions made two other roster moves, signing linebacker Ryan Nece and claiming runing back Marcus Thomas off waivers. Thomas, a fifth-round pick of San Diego this year, gives the Lions a third tailback behind Kevin Smith and Tatum Bell. To make room for Nece and Thomas, the Lions released linebacker Anthony Cannon and fullback/tight end Sean McHugh.

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Linebacker Takeo Spikes' decision to sign with San Francisco left the Detroit Lions in the same predicament they've been in for most of the summer: Mulling changes in the configuration of their incumbent linebackers.

Ernie Sims is stationed on the weak side in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, but the other two positions remain in play with three preseason games to go. Detroit was hoping to bring in Spikes to play on the strong side, according to this analysis in the Detroit Free Press, but for now Alex Lewis is competing with Leon Joe and Darnell Bing for the position.

Rookie Jordon Dizon is running with the second team behind Paris Lenon at middle linebacker, but the Lions might move Lenon to the strong side if and when Dizon gets up to speed on playing the middle linebacker spot.

We plan to be on the ground in Detroit (finally) on Wednesday and will update you on the linebacker position, among others, when we get there.

Elsewhere around the NFC North: