NFC North: J Leman
Chicago Bears: Three players already were waived Monday, which brought the Bears' roster to 76. The final move was waiving injured fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.
Detroit Lions: General manager Martin Mayhew made another of his patented something-for-nothing moves, trading offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus to the Seattle Seahawks for [*update] an undisclosed 2012 draft pick. The Lions had claimed Polumbus on waivers only last week, but the Seahawks had also placed a claim on him. Cornerback Jack Williams (knee) moved to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. *Update: Those moves got the Lions to 75 players.
Green Bay Packers: Cornerback Al Harris (knee) was moved to the reserve/PUP list, according to USA Today, meaning he isn't eligible to play until Week 7 at the earliest. As we noted earlier Tuesday, the Packers' secondary is in a bit of a crunch. *Update: Joining Harris on the PUP is safety Atari Bigby (ankle) and running back James Starks (hamstring). Running back Quinn Porter was put on season-ending injured reserve.
Minnesota Vikings: Waived were linebacker J Leman, receiver Marko Mitchell and offensive lineman Bill Noethlich. As expected, the Vikings moved receiver Sidney Rice to the reserve/PUP list. Same rules apply: Rice won't count against the Vikings' roster total but will be ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.
Detroit Lions: Tailback Cedric Peerman is expected to be promoted from the practice squad to replace Kevin Smith (knee) on the active roster, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com reports that the Lions also placed tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) on injured reserve, signed free agent tight end Michael Matthews and claimed kick returner Brian Witherspoon off waivers from Jacksonville.
Green Bay Packers: Receiver Patrick Williams was promoted from the practice squad. Receiver Biren Ealy was released. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was indicted again on drug possession charges in the Houston area. Here's a full report from Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Minnesota Vikings: Linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for the final three games of the regular season and the Vikings’ first playoff game for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Linebacker J Leman was promoted from the practice squad. Henderson’s older brother, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, was placed on injured reserve last week after fracturing his left femur.
Instead, Pope was among four players released today to get the Vikings to the 75-man roster limit, according to Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com.
The Vikings' starting linebacker situation is set with Ben Leber and Chad Greenway on the outside and E.J. Henderson in the middle. You figure they will keep five or six linebackers on their final roster, meaning they could cull two or three reserves from this list: Vinny Ciurciu, Rufus Alexander, David Herron, J Leman and Erin Henderson.
Ciurciu and Leman can play middle linebacker, while Alexander, Herron and Henderson primarily work on the outside. The Vikings also could find depth on the free agent market after the final round of cuts next weekend.