We're Black and Blue All Over:
The tea leaves suggest that Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris will return to the field this week after a one-game absence, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Biggs: "From the sounds of things, Tommie Harris will be back in action Sunday night against the Giants. Lovie Smith wouldn't come out and say as much, but he dropped hints Wednesday that the defensive tackle will be back in the mix after he was benched for the third time in three seasons Monday night against the Packers."
Smith has said Harris' deactivation for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers was based on performance, and it's hard to argue that point after looking at Harris' two-game stat line (one tackle, no sacks). But it would have been hard to believe the Bears would permanently give up on him after two games, either.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is taking a lot of hits this season, notes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa explains to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com how it came to be that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers paid for his dinner Sunday night in Chicago, along with that of tight end Desmond Clark, linebacker Nick Roach and three other people.
In two games this season, the Bears' coach-to-quarterback headset has malfunctioned, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Packers safety Nick Collins apologized for an encounter with a fan at Soldier Field, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Collins: "I'm probably not the only guy who's been in that situation before; it happens. I'm a professional. I've got to be a bigger person, and I've just got to keep walking."
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Having been present and accounted for every practice since the middle of August, Green Bay Packers linebacker Frank Zombo has earned a level of trust that banged-up teammate Brad Jones hasn't. As a result, Zombo will make his second consecutive start Sunday against Detroit."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com examines Packers coach Mike McCarthy's system for challenging plays.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com addresses the play calling of Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
Return specialist Stefan Logan got some practice time at running back Wednesday with starter Jahvid Best sidelined by a toe injury, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh isn't used to losing, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press speaks to Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier about the first three games of the season.