NFC North: Mike Tannebaum
September, 17, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Sorry for the late arrival of this post. Several earlier versions are floating somewhere in cyberspace thanks to some external database issues. So let's just get straight to the roundup:
- Green Bay knows it can’t allow quarterback Aaron Rodgers to get knocked around every week like he did Sunday night against Chicago, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- With safety Atari Bigby out at least four weeks, the Packers will turn to Aaron Rouse and newly-acquired Derrick Martin. Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the team’s depth at the position.
- Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen hasn’t forgotten a low block from Detroit right tackle Gosder Cherilus during one of the team’s matchups last season, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. Allen suffered a sprained knee on the play and joked (I think) that his knee still clicks as a result.
- Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards thought Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford got “happy feet” in the pocket last week against New Orleans, writes Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Chicago has promoted cornerback Zack Bowman into the starting lineup in place of Nate Vasher, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- Chicago coach Lovie Smith: “Right now, it’s easy to dogpile us. ...” Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has the story.
- Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner joined Smith in defending Cutler’s reaction to Sunday’s loss at Lambeau Field, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
- Detroit kicker Jason Hanson is getting close to 100 percent after preseason knee surgery, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- The Lions have a 1 p.m. deadline Thursday to sell out Ford Field for Sunday’s game against Minnesota but could apply for an extension, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.