We're Black and Blue All Over:
An unusual dynamic will begin playing out Sunday here in the NFC North. While the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers continue a weekend pause to fortify and finalize their rosters, the Minnesota Vikings will start their practice week in anticipation of Thursday night's season opener in New Orleans.
Sunday's schedule will roughly mirror a typical NFL Wednesday, including a full practice and slate of media interviews. I'll be at the Vikings' facility, where quarterback Brett Favre is among those expected to talk. I'll also keep track of significant roster moves after the noon ET expiration for waiver claims.
In the meantime, let's take a Sunday morning spin around the division.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on if he is involved in a "bromance" with offensive coordinator Mike Martz: "You know, it's an interesting take." Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune explores their budding relationship.
The Detroit Lions should be busy adding, and possibly subtracting, cornerbacks and linebackers on Sunday, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch: "Potentially, we can be one of the best, if not the best, defensive line" in the league. We have talent, we have depth, we have the right people, we just have to put it together." Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Green Bay Packers' decision to keep tight end Donald Lee: "In the end, the decision to keep Lee over touchdown-producing tight end Spencer Havner came down to the Packers acknowledging they can't go into the season with a budding third-year superstar, a young blocking specialist and a talented rookie with previous off-the-field issues without having someone like the venerable Lee around."
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "The Green Bay Packers talk a good game when it comes to stressing the importance of special teams. But some of their actions Saturday to reduce their roster to 53 players didn't back up that claim."
Packers safety/returner Will Blackmon on leaving with an injury settlement: "I'm at peace. I totally understand why. I'm going to do my part, then make it happen." Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
The Vikings are putting everything toward winning the Super Bowl this season, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. The team could look much different after 2010.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the Vikings' 53-man roster.