We're Black and Blue All Over:
Chicago Bears nickelback D.J. Moore got an early exit from last Sunday's victory over the Detroit Lions. This week, he might not play at all.
Moore suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday's practice that, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, "raises serious concerns about his availability" for this Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Moore didn't practice Thursday and isn't expected to be on the field Friday, either.
Moore is not technicaly a starter, but he plays a lot. He has three interceptions and is tied for fifth on the team with 44 tackles. Special-teams ace Corey Graham, a long-ago starter at cornerback, is expected to fill in at nickel for him against the Chargers.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is playing at a Pro Bowl level, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times polls Pro Football Hall of Fame voters on the candidacy of Bears returner/receiver Devin Hester.
Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press thinks the Detroit Lions can make the playoffs even if they can't run the ball.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "Jahvid Best has been back at the Lions practice facility the last couple days. He even put on his jersey for a bit Thursday. But as good as it is to see him smiling and walking around, it doesn't appear he's any closer to putting on the pads and returning to action."
The Carolina Panthers are modeling their rebuilding project after the Lions', writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Green Bay Packers rookie Randall Cobb is planning to slow himself down after a series of haste-induced fumbles, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that former Packers quarterback Brett Favre played as well in the mid-1990's as current quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing now.
Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette examines the Packers' running back rotation.
The Minnesota Vikings should consider switching this offseason to a 3-4 defense, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings backup running back Toby Gerhart has been a non-factor, writes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph has impressed of late, according to the Pioneer Press.