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Black and Blue all over: Pending surgeries

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The NFC North waits for no man (or team). The division kept on churning Monday as the Green Bay Packers tried to figure out what to do with Brett Favre. As we await their plan, let's take a look at what else is happening in the division.

  • The Chicago Bears are going in the wrong direction in terms of getting their preferred offensive line on the field. Left tackle Chris Williams has missed 11 consecutive days because of a back injury, and now left guard Terrence Metcalf might need surgery on his right knee. Williams was not on campus Monday, and the Chicago Sun-Times speculates he was sent for a doctor visit.

  • Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Colletto, who is leading the team's transition to a more balanced offense, wants progress to speed up. According to the Booth News Group, Colletto told the team's offensive players Monday that they weren't mentally tough enough yet to execute a strong running game. Ouch.

  • Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, who is expected to be part of the team's pass-rush rotation, might need surgery to repair a varicose vein in his left leg.

  • Despite denials from Vikings coach Brad Childress, there was at least one casual conversation last week between the Vikings and Packers to gauge interest in a trade for Favre, the Star Tribune reports.

  • Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher is entering the final year of his contract but there have been no negotiations for a new deal, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Tauscher, 31, has made 114 consecutive starts, including playoff games.