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Around the NFC North: Udeze inspiring

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.