Black and Blue all over: Brown's goodbye

Chicago defensive end Alex Brown seemed to confirm reports that he will soon be leaving the Bears via release or trade. As Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Brown sent a pretty clear message via Twitter on Tuesday evening. Here's what Brown (@AlexBrown96) wrote:

I am extremely grateful for my time as a Chicago Bear and I wish the Bears the best. I am glad that they gave me an opportunity to realize ... a dream I had [as] a child. I appreciate the fans but as we all know this is the nature of the business. Bear down!

Brown has essentially been displaced by newcomer Julius Peppers, who will spend at least part of his time at Brown's former position on the right side of the Bears' defensive line.

Continuing around the NFC North: