We're Black and Blue All Over:
Make sure you take a moment to check out Jemele Hill's column on the efforts of Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas to raise awareness for epilepsy.
Thomas, a rookie who spent 2011 on injured reserve, gained notoriety in May when he took an eighth-grade girl with spina bifida to her junior prom, recently met a 14-year-old boy who suffers from epilepsy.
I won't spoil the whole story, but let's just say it ended in Indianapolis a few days ago.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Tony Dungy doesn't think the Bears are too far away from winning the Super Bowl, he said Monday on ESPN 1000.
The New York Giants used the same blueprint for success as the Detroit Lions are attempting to use, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was one of several Lions players who earned bumps in their 2012 base salaries, according to Birkett.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has detailed contract information on the top 51 players on the Green Bay Packers' roster.
Former Packers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told 1340 The Fan in Lubbock, Texas, that he didn't miss football in 2011, according to sportsradiointerviews.com.
Vikings director of player personnel George Paton had a second interview Tuesday for the St. Louis Rams' general manager job. Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.
Michael Rand of the Star Tribune writes on the "Carter conundrum."