NFC North: Eric Hicks

Posted by ESPN.com staff

Chicago Bears

  • Former Bear William "Refrigerator" Perry has been released from the hospital after suffering complications from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson weighs in with some of his observations from the Bears' organized team activities (OTAs) that were open to the media.
  • According to a Chicago Department of Revenue spokesman, the city always intended to levy amusement taxes on Chicago Bears season-ticket licenses. The Chicago Tribune reported that, in some instances, the tax is being levied on sales from five years ago.

Detroit Lions

  • The arrival of rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford has produced improved performances from fellow QBs Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton.
  • Terry Foster of The Detroit News shares a lighter moment from a recent Lions practice: "On one play, rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford ran a bootleg and got around the corner with end Eric Hicks in hot pursuit. Hicks couldn't catch Stafford but had a few words for him. 'Sorry I couldn't catch you,' Hicks said. 'I was just picking up all the money falling out of your pockets.'"

Green Bay Packers

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports editor Garry Howard and deputy sports editor Karl Svatek offer a point-counterpoint look at the saga that is Brett Favre.
  • Now that the NFL has signed off on allowing its teams to make deals with lotteries, the Packers are expressing interest in that area.
  • Continuing his position-by-position analysis, the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Tom Pelissero examines the offensive line.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Coach Brad Childress did little to put to rest the speculation of Favre ending up in with the Vikings.
  • After missing all of last season while fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Kenechi Udeze is back on the field and serving as an inspiration. "It's inspiring when you talk about a guy that 365 days ago was in the middle of intensive chemotherapy fighting for his life," Childress said. "Put that into perspective. That was before he could even be considered for a bone marrow transplant. To be playing professional football back on the field kind of defies description."
  • Percy Harvin is on the field this week for the first time with his new teammates and he couldn't be happier.
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

A few notes on a Monday evening:

  • You can assume that Detroit is on the short list of teams that ex-Pittsburgh linebacker Larry Foote will consider. Unable to swing a trade for the veteran linebacker, the Steelers released Foote on Monday. Foote said last week he would like to return to Detroit, his hometown. He also played at the University of Michigan, and the Lions have a pretty empty hole at middle linebacker. (Currently, rookie DeAndre Levy is on top of the unofficial depth chart.) Although Foote's best days probably are behind him, he would team with Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson to give the Lions a credible group of linebackers.
  • The Lions made several other roster moves, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. They released tailback Brian Calhoun, ending his disappointing three-year run with the team, and also cut receivers Travis Taylor and Steve Sanders. They also signed defensive end Eric Hicks, who played for new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham in Kansas City. Hicks did not play in 2008.
  • Green Bay released linebacker Jason Hunter, a casualty of the team's switch to the 3-4 defense. Hunter had appeared in 42 games over the past three years, but at 271 pounds he is too small to play defensive end in a 3-4 but is probably ill-suited to play linebacker. The Packers also signed four players following their rookie minicamp, including former University of Pittsburgh punter Adam Graessle.

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