We're Black and Blue All Over:
In an interview with ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley revealed he had emergency surgery last week to address an infection in his surgically-repaired knee. He will receive an IV through a central line in his chest three times a day for the next six weeks or so.
Finley: "I had a second surgery. Nobody knows about it. I had caught a real small infection in my knee, so I had to go in about a week ago, had to go back under and get the infection out. I was in the hospital for two days. I'm surprised nobody knew about it. I had to get all these antibiotics in me, get blood drawn four or five times a day. It's terrible. Right now, I've got this IV in my chest, a central line.
"Nobody knew about the surgery. Some guys over at the facility had it, and it's floating around the locker room. I had to go in, it was emergency surgery. I had a 105 fever, I called Doc [team physician Pat McKenzie] and said, 'I'm not feeling too good,' and we had to rush in and clean out the infection. I don't know what it's called. I guess you could call it a staph infection, but I don't think that's what it was. But I had to rush in and they put a central line in my chest. I won't get this taken out for another month and a half. Three times a day I have to get antibiotics put through it. Courtney, she's my doctor right now."
Wow. I could be wrong, but this is the first I've heard of an infection that's "floating around the locker room" in Green Bay. Given the number of injuries and surgeries there this season, it's something to keep an eye on.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver is battling two different quadriceps injuries and doesn't believe he'll be able to play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, according to WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. Driver has missed only two games since the start of the 2002 season.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the Packers' run defense.
The Packers released defensive end Mike Montgomery, possibly to open a roster spot for one of their players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Chicago Bears' weekly depth chart shows that Todd Collins has returned to No. 2 backup quarterback status, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: "The Bears have lost three games this year because of a number of offensive problems. The offensive line has been completely ineffectual in long spots. Jay Cutler has performed here and there with an absence of thought. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz has short-circuited at times. The wide receivers, however, have not been the problem -- despite popular opinion."
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Ranking 15th is the magical threshold in the [Jerry] Angelo era, the apex of offensive play since the general manager joined the team before the 2001 season."
Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News looks at the pending matchup between 2009 No. 1 draft choices: the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford and the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: "The Lions' defensive line got plenty of credit after producing six of the team's seven sacks Sunday in a 37-25 victory over Washington. But the secondary was an integral part in providing the coverage that allowed the linemen enough time to get to Redskins quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman."
Lions tailback Kevin Smith has made some adjustments, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress wouldn't discuss the departure of receiver Randy Moss during a Tuesday radio interview, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
The Moss debacle has left the Vikings with a serious public relations issue, writes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.