We're Black and Blue All Over:
We could spend all day analyzing the various tentacles emerging from Thursday's wild game at Ford Field, but at least one of them figures to be a storyline for the next few days as the NFL investigates. As the NFL Network's Albert Breer noted, the league almost certainly will look into a play that ended with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's left foot hitting the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the first quarter of the Texans' 34-31 overtime victory.
Schaub offered only a curt comment to reporters when asked several times about the incident and whether he thought it was intentional. "I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person," Schaub said.
As we discussed Thursday, there was a lot of gray area in the play. Suh was falling onto his right side as his left leg swung wildly. He never looked at Schaub, but his left leg extended toward him after initially falling away. As always, stay tuned.
Continuing around the NFC North on this fine Friday morning:
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said "I knew the rule" about not challenging touchdowns but "I was so mad that I overreacted." Bob Wojnowksi of the Detroit News writes the Lions are "not as good, not as smart, not as composed as they thought they were. They can't beat the good teams, they can't hold leads, they can't escape the relentless creep of frustration."
Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson blamed himself for the loss after missing a 47-yard field goal in overtime, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Hanson: "When you're kicking a field goal to win it, it doesn't matter what happened before that: all the controversy or the ups and downs in plays. It doesn't matter then. So it's the same. It's the game-winner, no matter how you got there. It's the same. So, we don't miss those."
The Lions' offense was exceptional in the week after they benched and deactivated receiver Titus Young, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi on being benched, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "I've got a positive attitude about it. I'll come back from this. I'm just inconsistent right now. So be it the knee or be it aggression, who knows what it is sometimes? I know I'll come back from this. I'll be good."
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was limited in Thursday's practice, notes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
During the portion of practice open to reporters Thursday, Jonathan Scott was at right tackle and Chris Spencer was at left guard, notes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings participated in a padded practice Thursday, but Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette suggests Jennings could still miss Sunday night's game against the New York Giants.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson "feels good" but said his return from a broken collarbone will take a little while longer. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
Packers rookie Casey Hayward has proved well-suited to playing the slot position, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins is one of the last relics of last season's roster philosophy, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin didn't practice Thursday and seems highly unlikely to play Sunday against the Bears, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.