BBAO: No trades and no surprise

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The NFL's trading deadline came and went Tuesday with no NFC North team making a move. Anyone who thought otherwise hasn't been paying attention.

No, the Green Bay Packers did not trade for the Dallas Cowboys' Marion Barber or any other tailback. The Chicago Bears didn't acquire New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins. There were never any indications that either team was pursuing such deals.

The Bears did release veteran defensive end Charles Grant after two inactive weeks and promoted defensive end Barry Turner from the practice squad, one of two minor roster moves Tuesday in this division. The other was the Detroit Lions' decision to release defensive back Dante Wesley and activate cornerback Jack Williams from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

There have been plenty of trades, major and minor, in the NFC North this season. But as expected, Tuesday was quiet.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Tuesday, we documented the strong reaction of Bears safety Chris Harris to the NFL's decision to re-emphasize its rules on helmet-to-helmet hits. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was also incensed. Here's what he told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "It's freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don't understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can't understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it's a bunch of bull ... You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let's make it the NFFL -- the National Flag Football League. It's unbelievable.''

  • The Bears' defense needs a rest, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette examines why Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has lost 11 of 12 close games in his career.

  • Tramon Williams has been the Packers "best and most reliable cornerback" this season, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com goes behind the scenes with rookie offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga.

  • Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards on the possibility of suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits, via Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I mean, that's taking it a little far. It is football. We all signed up to play this game. Things happen. You can't alter the way you play the game because that's the way some guys get touchdowns."

  • Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has two catches since the arrival of receiver Randy Moss, notes the Star Tribune.

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is planning to practice this week with the No. 1 offense, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Lions linebacker Zack Follett speaks to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News about his scary collision in Sunday's game at the New York Giants.