We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill continues to ride a tide of momentum that began after last week's mini-crisis. The bill was officially revived in the state's House of Representatives late Monday night, putting it in position for a floor vote, while also continuing to move through the committee process on the senate side.
Once again, it's worth noting how quickly this process began moving once the NFL made clear it was serious about pursuing alternatives if the issue was addressed now. Although no one knows where this momentum will lead, one of the bill's chief sponsors told the Star Tribune: "There's an increasing sense that people want to get it to the floor for a final vote -- even the people who likely are going to vote no."
The 2012 state legislative session is scheduled to end at the end of the month. This week is critical for stadium supporters.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is optimistic about having a winning season in 2012, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
Free-agent receiver Jerome Simpson, who visited the Vikings last weekend, will be suspended three games by the NFL for his role in a felony drug arrest, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker Erik Walden, notes the Associated Press, but are still expected to pursue linebacker help in the draft.
The Packers seem likely to draft a running back, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Releasing left tackle Chad Clifton left the Packers nearly $9 million under the 2012 salary cap, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com takes a look at multiple mock draft projections for the Detroit Lions' No. 23 overall pick.
The Lions might have more of a need at linebacker than you might think, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The Lions are not committed to taking a cornerback in the first round on Thursday, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com takes a look at the Chicago Bears' needs at linebacker.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune thinks the Bears should look to trade back and accumulate extra picks. Pompei: "The way I see it, this draft isn't about acquiring one player who can push the Bears over the top. It's about acquiring a number of players who can help establish a foundation for the future. The Bears have a solid core of veteran players who can compete for a Super Bowl. What they don't have is enough young players to make them as confident about tomorrow as they are about today."
A cornerback could tempt the Bears at No. 19 overall, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.