As the free-agent market rolls on, we have a pretty important legal proceeding taking place in Minnesota. The Williams Wall trial is continuing in Hennepin County District Court. Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams testified Tuesday and will be cross-examined Wednesday, followed by Pat Williams. Vikings coach Brad Childress is also expected to testify later this week that he was not the source of the media leak that led to the players' four-game suspensions going public.
My sense has been you are primarily interested in whether the players will be suspended, but not as much with the minutia of the case. So I've done my best to let you know we're still a long way from knowing the players' fates. Whoever loses this trial is almost certain to appeal.
If you are interested in the legal side -- and it's a big deal that could impact the drug-testing policies of every professional sports league in the country -- I will continue to point you in the direction of Brian Murphy's daily coverage in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Vikings will sign running back LaDainian Tomlinson if an understanding can be reached on playing time and money, reports Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. I expect the former to be a more difficult discussion than the latter.
Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew attended Oklahoma's pro day in part to watch defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, notes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Mayhew has been as active as any NFL general manager over the past 18 months, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette offers a colorized photo of the throwback jersey the Packers will use in future games. It's circa 1920.
The agents for Packers safety Nick Collins are taking a different approach to securing a contract extension, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Cornerback Zack Bowman should be a lock for a starting job in 2010, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune speaks with Carolina coach John Fox about new Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Fox: "His tenacity has picked up. He doesn't look for excuses. He doesn't fall into a rut. He finishes."