BBAO: Packers' Al Harris still not ready

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Nothing has been made official but the hints should be visible to everyone: Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris isn't likely to be ready to play when the regular season begins Sept. 12.

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette connects those dots based on Harris' inability to pass a physical Monday. Although the team continues to pass along positive reports about his rehabilitation from major knee surgery, time has all but run out for Harris to get in enough practice time to be a reasonable option for Week 1.

To be clear, that is not to suggest Harris won't play this season. It just means, as many expected in the first place, that his recovery will take longer than the ambitious timetable he originally planned out. For now, Harris remains on the physically unable to perform list. A reasonable expectation would be for him to be activated in the next week or two so he can begin practicing with the team. In the meantime, Tramon Williams will remain the starter opposite Charles Woodson while Brandon Underwood plays in the nickel.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Packers haven't named a starter at left guard yet, prompting Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to write: "Coach Mike McCarthy's decision to wait another week before making the call between Daryn Colledge and rookie Bryan Bulaga at left guard probably means the Green Bay Packers will start the veteran."

  • Rookie Sam Shields will work with the No. 1 nickel group during Thursday night's preseason game against Indianapolis, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, giving him an opportunity to make the team as a cornerback where he has failed as a kickoff/punt returner.

  • Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz hasn't addressed last year's NFL-high 26 interceptions with quarterback Jay Cutler, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Martz's bromance with Cutler continues, writes Michael C. Wright of the ESPNChicago.com.

  • Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has been working on controlling his emotions, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News suggests the Detroit Lions should pursue recently-released linebacker Akin Ayodele, whom they had in for a visit in March.

  • Lions president Tom Lewand's 30-day NFL suspension begins today, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings inquired about Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson but balked at his contract demands.

  • Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson agreed it was a "big deal" to get back on the field last Sunday at San Francisco, notes the Star Tribune.

  • In reality, there is no way the Vikings can replace the skills of injured receiver Sidney Rice, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

  • Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "It's as if all the daisies and rainbows have been replaced by scrub grass and thunderstorms. After a charmed 2009 season, this year's version of the Vikings suddenly appears cursed. There have been far too many troubling signs and omens."