We're Black and Blue All Over:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Good morning. I'm scrambling to make an 8:15 a.m. (CT) start to the Green Bay Packers' training camp practice, as some of you may be as well. It'll be the start of three days for us in the shadows of Lambeau Field, a stretch that will take us to the midpoint of CampTour'12.
Look for Packers-related posts by mid-afternoon, just as soon as I get through practice and the ensuing interview sessions. In the meantime, our Camp Confidential post on the Chicago Bears is scheduled to post in a few hours.
While we have a moment, let's catch up on morning coverage around the NFC North:
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune acknowledges two elephants in the Bears' room: The contracts of quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Brian Urlacher.
The Bears allowed their backups to practice "live" on Sunday, meaning they could tackle opponents to the ground. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com explains.
Bears rookie Shea McClellin wasn't pleased with his pass rushing in the team's opening full-pads practices, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Devin Hester is the only remaining player from the Bears' draft classes of 2004-07, notes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch wants his team to realize "that getting to the playoffs is not good enough." More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Tulloch is still battling knee tendonitis, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Here's how Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News describes Lions cornerback Dwight Bentley: "small-town, small-school, small-guy, big-time chip."
Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements is planning to continue to work extensively with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers receiver Jordy Nelson has still been working as a special teams cover man, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reviews the Packers' efforts to improve their tackling this offseason.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles the Minnesota Vikings' oldest player, cornerback Antoine Winfield, who is now 35.
The Vikings' coaching staff gave tight end Kyle Rudolph a video of tight-end sets from the New England Patriots to study during the offseason, according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com takes a look at the Vikings' depth chart.