NFC North: William Henderson

We're Black and Blue All Over:

After a wild and emotional day on the NFL labor front, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the NFL Players Association expects to call a vote on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ratified Thursday by owners. Does that mean it will pass and the game will go back into business this weekend?

At this point, the only responsible thing to say is this: I have no clue.

The NFLPA's 32 player representatives will vote on the proposal, but it's obvious that emotions are still running high. One of those representatives, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, sent out this tweet a little after 2 a.m. ET: "Media spin on owners position in this lockout is ridiculous. Believe my colleagues tweets tonight about the events of the last 24 hours."

What's the issue? Owners have made an obvious power play, writes ESPN.com's John Clayton, and placed public pressure on the players to end a lockout originally initiated by owners. The CBA they passed is "the owners' version," Clayton wrote. Their tactics and the substance of the CBA have angered players.

Eventually, there will be a deal and it's hard to imagine this final misstep causing a delay in the regular season, which is what most people really care about. But some feelings are going to have to be smoothed over first.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day.

Continuing around the NFC North:

BBAO: Packers' postseason hopes

December, 15, 2010
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We're Black and Blue All Over:

How tough have the Green Bay Packers made it on themselves to reach the playoffs? As Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the Packers could win the remainder of their games, finish 11-5 and still not clinch a wild-card berth. (It's a topic we considered earlier this month.)

How could that happen? It's a long story, but here's the bottom line: The Chicago Bears would win at least two of their final three games to clinch the NFC North. The New Orleans Saints (10-3) would clinch the No. 5 playoff spot and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) would clinch the No. 6 spot, winning a tiebreaker with the Packers because of a better conference record. And that's assuming the Packers start their final three-game run with a victory over the red-hot New England Patriots Sunday night, a game that quarterback Aaron Rodgers (concussion) is uncertain to play in.

With three weeks remaining in the 2010 season, there are still many possibilities. You can fiddle with them yourself in ESPN.com's Playoff Machine. But I think you'll be hard-pressed to find many easy paths to the postseason for the Packers.

Continuing around the NFC North:

Video: Henderson ready for Favre

October, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

So much for our Have at It plea. In the video below, former Green Bay fullback William Henderson reveals his plans for watching Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau Field.

“I’m going to boo like I hope the rest of the fans will do,” Henderson said on ESPN2’s First Take.

Henderson describes himself as a friend of Favre and his “teammate for life.” He plans to attend the game with a cast of former Packers players, including Adam Timmerman and Mike Flanagan.

Interesting side note: As a free agent in 2006, Henderson visited the Vikings and entered into negotiations with the team before the Packers re-signed him. Nothing like using a division rival for a little contract leverage.video

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