We're Black and Blue All Over:
As we've noted a few times, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been quietly leading players-only workouts for offensive skill positions this spring in the north Chicago suburbs. According to those present, Cutler has shown no signs of the sprained knee that forced him to leave the NFC Championship Game five months ago.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune spoke to several Bears who have participated. Receiver Rashied Davis said Cutler looks "healthy," and running back Kahlil Bell said he has been "fantastic."
Those anecdotal reports mesh with the information dispensed in January, when Cutler was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament. No surgery was required, and Cutler has rehabilitated on his own during the lockout.
Meanwhile, according to McClure, two prominent skill-position players haven't been participating in Cutler's workouts: Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and tailback Chester Taylor. For what it's worth, Taylor has traditionally worked out on his own in Houston during the offseason throughout his career.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Rookie quarterback Nathan Enderle has not been present at the Bears' workouts, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
We'll let WLS-Ch. 7 handle this one: "National Football League attorneys are investigating a porn event advertisement that features several NFL players including a prominent member of the Chicago Bears and a top draft pick from the University of Illinois, according to a league official Tuesday evening." Bears safety Major Wright is billed as a party host and appears in a photograph with his Bears uniform.
Former Bears defensive end Alex Brown is looking forward to playing the Bears in Week 2 with the New Orleans Saints, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Don't forget that cornerback Jack Williams is still on the Detroit Lions' roster, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions need big years from their draft class of 2009, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com had this observation of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after seeing him work out in Dallas: "From the waist up, Stafford looked like an offensive lineman. From the waist down, he had the legs of a wide receiver. In other words, not only is he fully recovered from the shoulder injury that sidelined him much of the 2010 season, but he also has gotten himself into phenomenal shape."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com examines whether Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver will have a chance to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota Vikings will let the city of Mankato, Minn., know by July 18 if they will hold training camp there this summer, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. If so, camp would begin July 31.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier spoke with receiver Sidney Rice during the one-day lockout respite in April, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and other team officials met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and other state leaders for 90 minutes on the stadium issue Tuesday. The sides are hoping to have an agreement on how to pay for road improvements by the end of the week, according to Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune.
Quarterback Brett Favre on whether he wants to play in 2011: "I don't want to put my body through that anymore," he said. "I've been beat up enough." The Sun-Herald has more.