We're Black and Blue All Over:
We've seen a significant shift in the continuing story surrounding the NFL's investigation into Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. For the first time this week, a spokesman for former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger has made clear she believes she was a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. If true, Favre would be in violation of the league's personal conduct policy and subject to discipline.
Until this point, manager Phil Reese and attorney Joseph Conway had portrayed Sterger in neutral terms, indicating she was merely cooperating with league investigators who are trying to determine whether Favre sent racy photographs to Sterger via text message in 2008. This week, however, Reese has characterized the situation differently.
Most recently, he told the Associated Press: "We're of the belief that when you see [the evidence Sterger provided] that it'll be crystal clear that he overstepped his bounds." Earlier, Reese told Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal: "The NFL has assured us the whole time that commissioner [Roger] Goodell was committed to holding players accountable for their actions and would take a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace."
As you recall, the NFL started its investigation when Deadspin.com posted the photographs. The website made clear they were obtained through a third party. That route left unclear whether Sterger was positioned as an accuser or a person with information. There seems to be no more ambiguity in that regard.
I'll let you decide why Reese has changed his public stance. Motives at this point are pure speculation.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier received a raise as part of his new title, reports Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings placed tailback Albert Young on injured reserve to clear roster space for new tailback Lorenzo Booker, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Frazier said in a radio interview that he hopes Favre, who has a sprained SC joint near his right shoulder, can practice Thursday.
Red-hot quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jay Cutler will meet at Soldier Field on Sunday, writes ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher believes the team will beat the New England Patriots this Sunday. Urlacher, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "Remember, we have them at home ... the same like Philly. When we played Philly, everybody was saying they were the best, right? It's the same situation, and hopefully the same result. New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise. But I feel like we're the best team, period. That's why I say record-wise. They have the best quarterback, numbers-wise. And everybody likes to go by numbers, right?''
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune offers some insight into the 360-pound offensive lineman the Bears signed Tuesday.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has gone 177 passes without an interception, the second-best mark in team history. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com goes behind the scenes with Packers center Scott Wells.
The Packers unveiled a plan to install two new video boards and an improved sound system at Lambeau Field, according to Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel.
Make sure you catch this video of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh moonwalking on "SportsCenter." Suh was born in 1987, four years after Michael Jackson first performed the move.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com offers film review of the Lions' 24-20 loss to the Bears, including an examination of a sack that set back a fourth-quarter drive.