We're Black and Blue All Over:
How seriously are the Green Bay Packers taking the Super Bowl talk surrounding them? According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, linebacker Nick Barnett is selling a T-shirt with this slogan: Super Bowl or die.
Barnett: "I don't know if we're the favorites or anything like that. But I definitely think we have the talent to do it. That's what we say, 'Super Bowl or die.' It doesn't make any sense why we can't. We're dead serious about it. You never know how many chances you'll get in your life."
I agree with Barnett and am looking forward to my arrival in Green Bay later this week. I have one day remaining with the Chicago Bears, and then I'm scheduled to make a three-day stop in Detroit to see the Lions before continuing on to Lambeau Field.
Hope you're enjoying the camp ride so far. Let's catch up around the division on this Sunday morning:
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette felt the Packers' excitement as well: "For the first time in at least three years, the only dark clouds looming over the Packers entering the start of camp were weather related. There was no quarterback controversy, no contract holdouts and no distractions. That's exactly the way the Packers want it, with all their focus on football. 'It's the best I have seen in a long time,' receiver Donald Driver said of the team's mindset.'
A few players weren't happy to be practicing in wet conditions Saturday, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Lions received a standing ovation from fans after their first practice, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News on the Lions' negotiations with unsigned defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh: "If Suh arrives in the next day or so, and that's certainly possible, no major harm. But if someone is digging in ---[agent Eugene] Parker has a history of protracted negotiations -- and trying to make a statement, stop it."
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterbacks are caught in limbo as they await Brett Favre's return, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice Saturday night after tweaking his ankle Saturday morning, reports Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Eight NFL players were pardoned after testing positive for bumetanide, the substance the league ultimately suspended Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for. Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story.
Former NFL receiver Isaac Bruce is scheduled to arrive at Bears training camp later this week to work with the receiver group, according to the team's web site.
Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times wonders why the Bears aren't tackling in camp if they are looking to be more aggressive.
Defensive end Julius Peppers should lessen the Bears' need to blitz, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.