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BBAO: Matthew Stafford remains on track

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Detroit Lions are going through a full week of practice heading into their bye, and one benefit is that quarterback Matthew Stafford will get extra work in to test and strengthen his still-healing right shoulder.

Stafford told reporters that the shoulder feels between 98 and 100 percent since the Sept. 12 injury. He remains on track to return to the lineup Oct. 31 against the Washington Redskins. If the injury impacted his velocity or arm strength, it apparently wasn't evident during practice Wednesday.

Stafford, via Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "I wasn't really questioning it. Once I got healthy, I knew I'd have the same arm that I've always had. I was just making sure that I was pain-free. It wasn't like a rotator [cuff] or a labrum or anything like that. It had nothing to do with the mechanics of throwing. It was an AC separation.''

Continuing around the NFC North on this fine Thursday morning:

  • Hard-hitting Lions safety Louis Delmas on the hits that led to $175,000 in fines around the NFL over the weekend, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "To be honest with you, I love them. They were great hits to me. I wouldn't pass them up. If that's what you're asking, I definitely wouldn't pass them up. I probably would have been one of those dudes that's getting fined."

  • The Lions signed free-agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.

  • Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times on the Chicago Bears' offense: "More troubling than all the sacks, blown assignments, missed blocks and goal-line failures is the sad fact that the Bears' offense hasn't appeared very well-prepared or coached for much of the season. As the Bears stagger into Week 7, reasonable explanations for why that's the case are becoming more difficult to come by."

  • Bears guard Roberto Garza played for three weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee, according to Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has more.

  • Tice used 20 different protection schemes Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris, who began practicing Wednesday, has a chance to be part of the nickel package Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.

  • It's pretty evident that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre don't have much of a relationship, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • The Packers' defense didn't fare well against Favre in either matchup last season, notes the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Vikings place-kicker Ryan Longwell believes Favre has compartmentalized the distraction of recent allegations, writes Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • Vikings safety Husain Abdullah remains sidelined by a concussion suffered Sunday, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Jamarca Sanford or Tyrell Johnson could replace him this Sunday night against the Packers.