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Black and Blue all over: Green to Packers?

10/21/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

In the middle of a busy Tuesday evening in the NFC North, rumors started flying that Green Bay had signed tailback Ahman Green to replace injured backup DeShawn Wynn. The report originated with radio station 1250-AM, but by the end of the night no deal had been announced.

Still, Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports there are indications that a deal could be forthcoming. Two players told the newspaper that Green told them a deal was in place. Meanwhile, linebacker Nick Barnett said on his Twitter feed that he saw Green in the Packers locker room on Tuesday. Green’s workout was on Monday.

I’ve heard a lot of consternation about this potential move -- considering Green’s age (32), history of knee injuries and the fact that he hasn’t received much interest around the NFL since Houston released him last winter. But let’s accept it for what it is: A short-term fix for an injury situation.

The Packers aren’t looking for Green, Dominic Rhodes or anyone else to take over for starter Ryan Grant. They just want a little more credibility on the depth chart.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Packers might make a concerted effort to substitute the short pass for running plays, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Packers cornerback Charles Woodson talks off-the-field topics with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.

  • In light of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler’s two-year contract extension, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at the contract expiration dates for other prominent Bears players.

  • Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is contemplating season-ending surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Detroit coach Jim Schwartz had to change Wednesday’s bye week practice to a walk-through because of injuries, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News. Meanwhile, the Lions also lost seventh-round draft pick Lydon Murtha to Miami, which signed him off the practice squad.

  • Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the Vikings’ struggles late in games: “Based on the offensive and defensive play calls, the Vikings become more conservative in the fourth quarter, focusing more on routine runs and scaling back on blitzes of linebackers and defensive backs.”

  • The foot sprain of Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield could open the door for rookie cornerback Asher Allen, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.