NFC North links: Starks could face 49ers

Chicago Bears

The Bears will interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head-coaching position Friday, according to a source.

The Bears also received permission to interview Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Detroit Lions

Count wide receiver Nate Burleson among those who subscribe to the best-player-available strategy in the draft, reports MLive.com's Justin Rogers. "I don't like to pinpoint positions that people might see as weaknesses during the year," Burleson said. "I'm a guy that firmly believes, get the best person available. If you get the best person available, you can't lose. You're going to get an athlete."

The Lions played the league's most difficult schedule in 2012, according to Rogers.

Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders says the Lions need to be more accountable, writes Tim Twentyman of the team's website. "Players have to be accountable for their mistakes," Sanders said during an event at Ford Field. "When you go to a team that's a consistent winner, their players are held accountable."

Green Bay Packers

Running back James Starks, who has been out for over a month due to a knee bruise, could return to play against the 49ers Saturday, reports Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kicker Mason Crosby plans to reward the Packers for their patient approach with him through his slump earlier in the season, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Minnesota Vikings

After the 2011 season, the Vikings were 3-13 and had 19 free agents whom they didn't re-sign. "This year," writes Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune, "they have 10 free agents from a 10-6 team, and there is a good chance they will make a strong effort to re-sign most of them, including starters Jasper Brinkley, Phil Loadholt, Jamarca Sanford, Jerome Felton and Erin Henderson."

Greg Childs was upbeat about the rehab of his torn patellar tendon, reports Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.com. "Everything's coming along good," Childs said. "I'll definitely be back. It's not even a question or whatever. It's just mainly me continuing doing what I'm doing out here, continue my rehab, continue to stay focused and just getting ready to go."