We're Black and Blue All Over:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We're gearing up for one more day of minicamp with the Green Bay Packers. And a few hundred miles east of here, it appears the Detroit Lions are preparing themselves for multiple suspensions stemming from their unusual offseason.
On the first day of his team's minicamp, Lions president Tom Lewand said that NFL suspensions for defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure are "certainly something that could be a possibility and I would say likely if you look at similar incidences on other teams." (Via Terry Foster of the Detroit News.)
Both players have had multiple legal entanglements this offseason, and commissioner Roger Goodell tends to regard repeat offenders with particular disdain. But I would also say Goodell's decisions aren't always predictable.
Perhaps Lewand knows more than he is letting on. Ultimately, though, what he said makes sense. It's more likely a matter of when, not if, Fairley and Leshoure are suspended.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Lions running back Jahvid Best on the possibilities of joining Leshoure in the backfield, via the Detroit Free Press: "Tune in and watch."
Lions kick returner Stefan Logan is working with running backs rather than receivers during minicamp, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Oft-injured Lions offensive lineman Jason Fox won't participate in minicamp because of a sore knee, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush is benefiting from the absence of Matt Forte in spring drills, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is so comfortable this spring that "he could be doing commercials for Snuggie blankets," writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Our friends at ESPNChicago.com offer observations from the Bears' day at minicamp, including Nick Roach's work at middle linebacker in place of Brian Urlacher.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has missed portions of the offseason program because his father is suffering from cancer. According to Matt Holsen of Keloland TV, Greenway's father has entered hospice and neighboring farmers in South Dakota are pitching in to help care for his farm.
There are huge expectations for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph in 2012, according to Judd Zuglad of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings appear set to work out free agent linebacker Brian Banks on Friday, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
Vikings rookie receiver Greg Childs (calf) should be at full speed when minicamp begins next week, notes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Packers defensive lineman Jarius Wynn is dealing with a mild case of Bells' Palsy, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers aren't worried about the outspoken ways of tight end Jermichael Finley, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Urgency to fix the Packers' defense is high, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.