Black and Blue all over: The week that was

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We're fresh and raring to go here at Black and Blue headquarters. Thanks to the fellas at Scouts Inc. and my colleagues within the ESPN Blog Network for keeping things going here while I was out. I'm pretty much caught up on all things Favre, Cutler and Williams Wall -- the topics that seemed to dominate the headlines last week.

Many of you have been asking what the legal ruling means in the case of Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. Ultimately, it seems the NFL's best case continues to be the portion of its policy that makes players responsible for what they put in their bodies. There are plenty of tentacles to this thing, but ultimately it keeps coming back to that.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune offers his analysis here of where the lawsuit might go in Minnesota state court. This situation isn't over yet. But if the Vikings hadn't already started planning for the four-game absence of their two Pro Bowl defensive tackles, they probably should now.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • It's interesting that Cleveland kick returner Josh Cribbs is using the contract Devin Hester received last summer as the basis for his negotiations, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I wonder how Hester will feel if Cribbs gets the same money to be far less of an offensive factor than Hester is for the Bears.

  • If you didn't catch it over the weekend, here is an excellent primer on the 3-4 defense from Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Party houses near Lambeau Field are under attack by the Green Bay City Council, according to Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Detroit coach Jim Schwartz recently purchased a home from a Detroit Red Wings executive, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.

  • Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press on the Bill Ford Jr.'s rare outburst last fall preceding the firing of president/general manager Matt Millen: "Months later, I still don't know if that was a) Junior's attempt to force Senior's hand, b) a planned good guy/bad guy act, so Senior had an excuse to fire Millen, whom he liked personally, or c) Junior's attempt to pre-emptively distance himself from his father, knowing full well that the firing was coming."