We're Black and Blue All Over:
Although concussions are always difficult to judge, the early vibe around Lambeau Field is that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is recovering well from his. Rodgers didn't practice Wednesday, but the Packers will re-test him Thursday morning and, if all goes well, Rodgers could be on track to start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Rodgers hasn't missed a start since taking over the job in 2008. He is scheduled to speak to reporters Thursday afternoon.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Aaron Rodgers didn't take a single snap Wednesday, and yet, when the Green Bay Packers quarterback left the locker room after practice, he did so having given subtle indications that he play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field. Now, nothing he did was proof that he will pass all of his required post-concussion cognition tests, get the go-ahead from an independent neurologist and make his 39th consecutive start (including playoffs). But when someone suggested to him that he didn't seem like a guy coming off a concussion, Rodgers smirked. 'What concussion?' he said as he walked out of the room."
We'll keep you updated.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers receiver Greg Jennings apologized for a sideline outburst during Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins, writes Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The loss of tight end Jermichael Finley will force the Packers to scale back the use of their two-tight end set and lean on their receiving corps, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler proved he has recovered from his concussion by conducting a typically snarky news conference Wednesday, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Cutler won't change his playing style after his concussion, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice was a little testy Wednesday, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Moving Chris Williams to left guard is about creating a "functioning offensive line," writes Dan Pompei of the Tribune, and not because he has failed at left tackle.
The Detroit Lions want to prove their defensive line is just as good as the New York Giants', writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions left tackle Jeff Backus will start career game No. 150 on Sunday, notes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz won't rule out Matthew Stafford for Sunday's game against the Giants, but it's highly unlikely that will happen. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com has more.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards considers Dallas Cowboys tackle Marc Colombo a "dirty" player, notes the Star Tribune.
Vikings receiver Sidney Rice (hip) is off crutches and said he definitely will return to play this season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, had limited participation in practice Wednesday , notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.