NFC North: Roland Harper
Good morning. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We're gearing up for another mid-summer week in the NFC North, where news will be light but the blogging will never stop. (OK, it will, but we'll get to that later.)
Any football fan of the 1980s, Chicago or otherwise, will be interested to read this feature from Bob Gillespie of the The State. It details the disease and episode that landed former Bears star William "The Refrigerator" Perry in the hospital earlier this year.
Perry, who has Guillain-Barre Syndrome, had little money and no insurance when he began feeling sick, One of his brothers found him in bed -- dehydrated and only semi-responsive -- in April. The story chronicles the work of former Bears coach Mike Ditka to upgrade Perry's medical care.
Perry was released from the hospital in May and is under the care of another brother, former NFL player Michael Dean Perry. He has three more weeks of rehabilitation to go.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Mark J. Konkol of the Chicago Sun-Times traces the rise and fall of former Bears fullback Roland Harper.
- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to begin reviewing the status of free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress, as reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, means the Bears aren't likely to be signing Burress anytime soon.
- Detroit left tackle Jeff Backus needs to emerge from a three-year nightmare, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Jerry Green of the Detroit News reminisces about the once-regular public pronouncements of Lions owner William Clay Ford.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offers a thorough overview of the Packers' roster. Dougherty believes Jeremy Thompson has a good chance to start ahead of rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews.
- Click here if you want to know who Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hanging out with, according to the New York Post.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman is concerned Minnesota will turn Adrian Peterson into this generation's Barry Sanders.