Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Black and Blue all over: A coin flip awaits
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- This is going to be fun. The Chicago Bears' quarterback derby is so even that coach Lovie Smith hasn't said whether Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton will take the first snap Wednesday when practice begins at 3 p.m. CT. Why not? Because it won't be determined until a morning coin flip.
This competition figures to dominate Bears camp, and we'll be on site this week to bring you the latest details. In the meantime, let's take our morning journey around the division.
- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said his neck hasn't bothered him since offseason surgery. Upon arriving at Olivet Nazarene University, Urlacher thanked the Bears for giving him a contract bump and admitted: "I did have four years left on my contract. It's not the norm to do something like this."
- Quick: Name the Bears' first-team receivers. We'll let Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times tell you: Devin Hester and Brandon Lloyd. This position is in total flux, but it will be fun to see if Hester can apply his Pro Bowl return skills to a new position on a more regular basis.
- Detroit Lions linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder) might open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The Lions report Wednesday and begin practicing Thursday. Sims is healing from offseason surgery but is not expected to miss significant practice time.
- NFL security visited the Vikings' practice facility Tuesday, presumably to interview members of the organization as it investigates tampering charges filed by the Green Bay Packers. The Star Tribune reported offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and coach Brad Childress were likely among those interviewed.
- The Packers are in a "due diligence" phase of seeking trade partners for quarterback Brett Favre, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. In our opinion, his most likely fall destination remains Mississippi.