We're Black and Blue All Over:
My AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky, who lords over the highly debated and increasingly powerful NFL Twindex, found some humor in a light-hearted Twitter exchange between Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It started with Gabbert announcing he was headed to the Florida Keys for vacation and continued with Ponder ribbing him for not spending "26 hours out of each day studying the playbook." Gabbert asked Ponder if "u still on your Viking ship from Norway? Or wherever you come from," and Ponder responded that "at least my mascots didn't go from one cat to another..tigers and jags #prrrrrr oh so scaryyy..."
I re-tweeted Ponder's final shot -- "Going to throw and get better with #ChrisWeinke at #IMG while others (@BlaineGabbert) are frolicking in the Keys working on their tan" -- and a few of you wondered if he was serious. As Kuharsky pointed out, it was all in good fun. Hopefully both quarterbacks maintain their sense of humor once they get on the field.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson, via Albert Maruggi of 1500ESPN.com: "I feel as good as I have since I've been in the league. When you get the time off and you're not getting back into it right away, helmet on and going through those things, your body gets a little more chance to rest."
Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, speaking to Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman, said he has made "a number of amendments and revisions" to his offense to account for the shorter timeframe he'll have to install it this year.
Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton on his Super Bowl ring, via D.C. Reeves of the Pensacola News Journal: "People just want to see it. I'm super excited to show everyone because I'm so impressed by it. When we first saw it, my jaw was just to the floor it was so unbelievable."
Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach defended teammate Brian Urlacher, who has came under some silly criticism from NFL linebacker Dhani Jones, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Stefan Logan appears to have found a home with the Detroit Lions as a kick returner, receiver and running back, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Police ruled that former Lions and Packers defensive end Jason Hunter was hit by a knife thrown by his girlfriend on accident in April, according to the Associated Press. No charges will be filed.