We're Black and Blue All Over:
We all know most NFL players stay on the field when they suffer mild injuries. But over the weekend, two from the NFC North pushed through in quite unbelievable fashion before getting a serious postgame diagnosis.
We've already discussed Green Bay Packers linebacker Frank Zombo, who fractured a shoulder blade during pregame warm-ups but still saw significant action in the Packers' preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Zombo could miss the season.
Now, as Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports, we know that Minnesota Vikings guard Scott Kooistra suffered an injury to the C-2 vertebrae near the top of his spinal cord after starting against the Seattle Seahawks. As of Monday night, he was hospitalized in stable condition in the Seattle area. The Vikings, who might have called upon Kooistra as their starting right guard while Anthony Herrera rehabilitates his knee, have already placed him on injured reserve.
And you think preseason football doesn't mean anything to anyone? Wow.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Vikings agreed to terms with Georgia running back Caleb King, who wasn't selected in Monday's supplemental draft. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune has more.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press catches up to Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
I guess I was wrong about the performance of the Chicago Bears' defense in Monday night's 41-13 preseason loss to the New York Giants. Here's what Bears coach Lovie Smith said, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "Defensively, we haven't played a game like that in a while. We pride ourselves on great third-down defense. We had two third-and-long situations that they converted on and made the touchdowns. Takeaways, we didn't have any. At the end, it doesn't matter who is out there. If you have on a Chicago Bear uniform, you need to make the play."
Bears receiver Roy Williams is on "cruise control," writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears weren't happy with safety Major Wright's missed tackle on Brandon Jacobs' touchdown run, notes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears' offensive line took a step forward, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' hamstring injury is mild and he expects to play Friday night against the Indianapolis Colts, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Packers defensive end Mike Neal on his string of injuries, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "It's just frustrating. It gets old. Everybody has their two cents to throw in, but I'm just taking it in stride. One thing I hate is 'injury prone.' People label you injury prone. You can't help injuries. I would give anybody my contract to see them line up and do what we do and say they can't get hurt."
The Packers are happy with their no-huddle offense, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young practiced again Monday, but his body language at the end suggested his hamstring injury is still bothering him, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Kick returner Stefan Logan is seeing more practice time with Lions running backs, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions safety Louis Delmas "still brings the noise," writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't worried about winning preseason games, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.