BBAO: Anniversary of Duerson suicide

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune checked in with the family of Dave Duerson as the first anniversary of his suicide approaches. According to Pompei, the family has found a measure of peace after a Boston University study determined Duerson suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease linked to head trauma.

Alicia Duerson, his former wife, said the revelation brought some "closure" to questions about Dave Duerson's intent. His son, Tregg, said: "I understand why he did it now."

Duerson, the former Chicago Bears safety, shot himself through the heart on Feb. 17, 2010, asking that his brain be donated to the Boston University study.

Catching up on the weekend in the NFC North:

  • Brad Biggs of the Tribune has playing-time figures for every Bears player in 2011.

  • The wife of former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris died at 29, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Ashley and Tommie Harris, who have two children together, were married in January.

  • From the Associated Press: "Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden has reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty. Defense attorney Steve Richards said Walden has agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling."

  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Clearly, the Packers aren't hurting for money, so was it really necessary to raise ticket prices for the third consecutive year?"

  • Packers receiver Donald Driver appears willing to take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2012, according to Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.

  • The Star Tribune's assessment of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium drive as the second full week of February begins: "[I]nterest in getting a stadium deal done this session has perceptibly waned at the State Capitol."

  • Detroit Lions defensive players are hoping that a full offseason together will help build chemistry, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Lions running back Kevin Smith is a free agent but wants to return in 2012, according to Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.

  • Monarrez wonders if the Lions might pursue Tennessee Titans cornerback Courtland Finnegan in free agency.