NFC North: Justin Miller

Lions to start rookie CB Jonte Green

October, 22, 2012
10/22/12
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CHICAGO -- The Soldier Field grounds crew began removing a protective tarp here at about 6:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. It hasn't rained since early afternoon in downtown Chicago, so for the moment the field is dry.

Let's review some relevant pregame news from the Lions' perspective:
ENSCONSED IN THE U.S. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM -- As they are wont to do, a number of newsbits popped up during the first leg of CampTour'12. While we have a moment, let's round them up in quick-hitting style. Look for this format often during the crazy few weeks to come.

Item: The Green Bay Packers released veteran safety Charlie Peprah, who confirmed the move to ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde and others. (The team later confirmed the move.)
Comment: Peprah didn't practice this offseason because of a knee injury and doesn't appear to be 100 percent. Part of his value was to serve as an early-season veteran fallback in the Packers' safety competition. If he wasn't going to be available to do that, it makes sense to part ways. The Packers could bring him back during the season if necessary. His departure provides an opportunity for M.D. Jennings and rookie Jerron McMillian. But as we've discussed, the Packers might not have a need for a full-time safety opposite Morgan Burnett. Charles Woodson is likely to see some time at safety in the Packers' 'Corner Okie' base defense.

Item: The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with their third-round draft pick Josh Robinson, according to Robinson's verified Twitter account. The team has since confirmed the move.
Comment:
That leaves left tackle Matt Kalil as the lone unsigned draft choice in the NFC North. Earlier Wednesday, we discussed the obstacles that have prevented an agreement to this point. The Vikings' first practice is Friday at 10:30 a.m. local time.

Item: The Detroit Lions signed a pair of veteran cornerbacks, Justin Miller and Drew Coleman, two days after releasing presumptive starter Aaron Berry.
Comment: I wouldn't view either player as a possible replacement for Berry, and really it confirms what we've been discussing all along. The most likely candidates to start opposite Chris Houston are players who were already on the Lions' roster, a group that includes Jacob Lacey, Alphonso Smith and Dwight Bentley. Miller hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2009 and was known mostly for his kick return skills when he played for the New York Jets. Coleman was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in May and played five seasons for the New York Jets from 2006-10.

Item: To no surprise, the Chicago Bears placed receiver Johnny Knox on the physically unable to perform list.
Comment: Knox is eligible to be activated at any point during the preseason. If he is still on the PUP list in Week 1, he'll miss the first six games of the season at least. But he doesn't appear anywhere close to that conversation. He told reporters Wednesday that he is jogging but doesn't have the burst that he once had.

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