We're Black and Blue All Over:
In the wake of the stunning news on Detroit Lions running back Jerome Harrison's brain tumor, many of you have asked a simple question: Is it standard for NFL teams to test for such ailments in the routine physical Harrison had after his since-voided trade to the Philadelphia Eagles?
The answer, like many medical questions in the NFL, is highly guarded and probably varies per team. But CSNPhilly.com reports that Harrison informed the Eagles' doctors that he was having headaches, thus prompting the necessary tests.
As of Friday morning, Harrison remained a part of the Lion's active 53-man roster. Coach Jim Schwartz said "it’s a privacy issue" and wouldn't comment.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette offers some personal reflections on Harrison.
On the prospects of sitting out the rest of the season, the agent for running back Jahvid Best said: "Right now that's not what anybody is thinking." Chris McCosky of the Detroit News has more.
The Lions can't go 16-0, but defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sees no reason why they can't finish 15-1. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press explains.
Fan favorite Vic So'oto should play Sunday for the Green Bay Packers, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Injuries to linebackers Frank Zombo and Jamari Lattimore have opened the door.
Thursday was a rare sight for the Packers: Linebacker Clay Matthews and cornerback Charles Woodson both practiced in pads. Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette explains.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers on his approach against rookie Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Every game is different. You're talking about a young guy that obviously has good ability or he wouldn't have been picked where he was."
Chicago Bears rookies Chris Conte and Stephen Paea got passing grades in their first substantial work of their NFL careers last week, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
A week after being benched and requesting a trade, veteran safety Chris Harris was back working with the first-team defense because of an injury to Major Wright. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune has more.
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com on the Bears' trip to London: "Much like a trip to Detroit, the Bears' overseas trip will be enjoyed by some, loathed by others. Some guys are like [Lance] Briggs, a bon vivant who wants to roam London and experience some local flavor. Some are like [Brian] Urlacher, a slavish creature of habit who just wants to watch an Adam Sandler movie on the hotel TV and eat a McSomething."
Ponder has a "sixth sense" that will serve him well as a rookie starter, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Rather than build a new stadium, the Star Tribune wonders if the state of Minnesota would sell the Metrodome to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf for $1.
In the first year of a long-term contract, Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson said he is not frustrated with the team's early struggles, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.