We're Black and Blue All Over:
Many of you have asked if Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris, who was released midway through last season, would receive a Super Bowl ring. The answer, according to president/CEO Mark Murphy, is yes.
During a Tailgate Tour on Thursday, a fan asked Murphy directly. (Citizen journalism!) According to Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Murphy said yes. He also added that the team has tentatively scheduled a June 16 ceremony to give out rings. That could change, obviously, based on the lockout.
Harris suffered a severe knee injury in November 2009 and opened the 2010 season on the physically unable to perform list. He practiced with the Packers for three weeks before the team decided to release him Nov. 8 rather than add him to the active roster. He eventually signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he played three games before a hamstring injury sidelined him for the season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn about rumors he could be traded, via the Press-Gazette: "I don't know. I really haven't been paying too much attention to it. The whole labor issues, just kind of been focusing on that. Who knows what the deal is. I love being a Packer and I'll be here as long as they want me. It's all kind of speculation right now, of what people want to write or whatever they want to say. You can't say that anybody wants me or doesn't want me. We'll see what happens. I just like where I am right now."
An active campaign is underway to keep the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis despite their recent site agreement with Ramsey County, according to the Star Tribune.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com examines the value of new Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Health care is a big part of the lockout, Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril told Adam Biggers of Mlive.com.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will speak with Lions season-ticket holders on Thursday via conference call, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie said that Bears players have held no quarterback-receiver team workouts, via ESPN 1000.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune speaks with punter Richmond McGee, who signed a futures contract with the team and is a candidate to replace veteran Brad Maynard.