NFL Nation: Brian Johnson

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Interesting story from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, who reports that linebacker Lance Briggs participated in an autograph session over the weekend with a heavy wrap on his right hand. Briggs told people at the event he had cut the hand while shaving with a straight-edge razor.

The Bears apparently were unaware of the injury. Briggs has been working out in the Bears' offseason strength and conditioning program but was not there Monday. According to the report, Briggs has assured the team the injury isn't serious. He's been asked to report to the Bears' practice facility Tuesday to allow it to be examined.

It would technically be a violation of Briggs' contract if he didn't report a significant injury, but it appears this one won't qualify. Yet it's still a bit jarring to see photos of the Bears' best defensive player with a wrap over his hand in the middle of the offseason.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sent a text message to third-round receiver Juaquin Iglesias on Saturday to begin establishing a rapport, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
  • New Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night and read the evening's Top Ten list. Here's a link to the list and here's some video.
  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com examines the Lions' unfortunate penchant for fourth-round busts in the draft.
  • Minnesota officials held a conference call with season ticket-holders Monday, according to Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. Co-owner Mark Wilf addressed the status of coach Brad Childress (he's very safe) and vice president Rick Spielman explained why the Vikings opted for receiver Percy Harvin in the first round over offensive tackle Michael Oher (they were targeting Phil Loadholt in the second round).
  • Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at the Vikings' roster post-draft.
  • Green Bay has invited two quarterbacks, Utah's Brian Johnson and Tulsa's David Johnson, to their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
  • Wide receiver Jamarko Simmons, who signed a free agent contract with the Packers after the draft, broke all of Greg Jennings' records at Western Michigan. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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