We're Black and Blue All Over:
The NFL's powerful competition committee plans to review the rule that cost the Detroit Lions a potential game-winning touchdown at Soldier Field last month, according to co-chairman Rich McKay. I'm not sure what to make of that news.
Other seemingly legal catches have been overturned under the same rule in recent years, and as a result, the committee has discussed possible changes. No amendment proposals have been produced, much less put up for a vote among league owners.
Is the Calvin Johnson play enough motivation to follow through this year? Or is this announcement an attempt to placate those who were outraged by the call? I'm not sure yet, and given the labor situation and other issues facing the league right now, I have a hard time thinking this one will merit a high priority.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on his post-interception dance last Sunday at Ford Field, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: "I didn't have mine planned. It's more spur of the moment. Maybe next time I'll do an Urkel."
Rookie Amari Spievey on the Lions' decision to move him from cornerback to safety, via Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News: "I really wish I would have moved to safety a lot earlier in my career. I just love the fact that you can see the whole field from back there. You can see everything developing in front of you. I like the fact that I can step up and be physical, which is my game."
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' concussion has drawn all the attention this week, but a hamstring injury to linebacker Clay Matthews is no less significant, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Packers are wasting receiver Greg Jennings' talents this year, writes Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the Packers' fourth-quarter offense.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com goes behind the scenes with Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was upset when Jeremy Bates, his former position coach in Denver, chose to join the Seattle Seahawks instead of the Bears during the offseason, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears left tackle Chris Williams (hamstring) is on track to return this week. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com considers the possible ramifications.
The Bears have designated Chester Taylor as their short-yardage back, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the Minnesota Vikings' 1-3 record: "This season is salvageable because this team is loaded with talent and capable of putting together a long winning streak."
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune examines the Vikings' struggling offense.
Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian got 13 snaps in Monday night's 29-20 loss to the New York Jets, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.