We're Black and Blue All Over:
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen's bluster can sometimes be worse than his bite, but it sounds as if Allen retains some true animosity for Detroit Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus. Allen is still upset over a series of low blocks from Cherilus, one of which sparked a brawl during a 2010 game, and wasn't shy about saying so during a conference call this week with Detroit-area reporters.
Allen said he has respect for 99.9 percent of the players in the NFL. Cherilus, he said, falls in the 0.1 percent. "[W]e haven't mended fences yet," Allen said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Although Allen usually lines up on the right side of the Vikings' defensive line, where he is across from Lions left tackle Jeff Backus, Allen will no doubt see Cherilus at some point Sunday at the Metrodome. Allen has seven sacks in his past three games against the Lions.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Vikings know they need to get tight end Kyle Rudolph more involved in their passing game, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
If Percy Harvin can't play Sunday against the Lions because of his ankle injury, rookie receiver Jarius Wright could get his first action of the season. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune has more.
It's about that time when backup quarterback Joe Webb is the most popular player in town, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Injured Lions receiver Nate Burleson knows he might be the odd man out next season, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions safety Louis Delmas (knee) still has not returned to practice, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Chicago Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi is preparing to face Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears teammates would understand if cornerback Charles Tillman misses Sunday night's game because his wife is in labor, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
It's time for quarterback Jay Cutler to assert command over a game, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
The Green Bay Packers activated tight end Andrew Quarless to their 53-man roster and placed linebacker Nick Perry on injured reserve, notes ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers' running backs are getting healthy, writes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers can't win without two players: quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.