Black and Blue all over: Decision time for Harris

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
It will be interesting to see what treatment option Green Bay cornerback Al Harris chooses for his ruptured spleen.

Whether he opts for surgery or several months of rest, he will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season. But one of the options -- surgical removal -- reportedly would decrease his chances of returning in 2009.

So Harris will have some heavy thoughts on his mind starting Wednesday. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he sent his medical records to a pair of specialists Tuesday and should get their recommendations within 24 hours. Tramon Williams is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.

Elsewhere in the NFC North this morning:

  • The Packers' entire secondary is banged up. They open the practice week unsure if either starting safety -- Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Nick Collins (back) -- will be ready to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. Overall, it's already been a bad year for injuries in Green Bay, writes Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal.

  • Are the people of Wisconsin moving on? Television ratings in Milwaukee for Brett Favre's third game with the New York Jets were down 42 percent compared to his first two games, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Detroit backup quarterback Drew Stanton spent some extra time with coaches Tuesday, prompting Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com to wonder if a change is coming after the Lions' bye week. Starter Jon Kitna said no one had informed him of anything and added: "I'm all about this team winning. If they feel that's necessary, then so be it. But I don't think I'm the problem."

  • You have to love Lions receiver Roy Williams. As long as everyone is expressing their opinion -- vice chairman Bill Ford, Jr., said Monday he would fire general manager Matt Millen if he could -- Williams went ahead and blurted this out: "And if I was the offensive coordinator, I'd be in four-wides. It means nothing. Everybody has their opinions."

  • Chicago defensive tackle Tommie Harris didn't agree with the team's decision to release receiver Mark Bradley, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. Harris: "I don't feel like he had a fair chance. I feel like he just had his job taken from him. You know how it goes: He had a knee surgery, then he lost his job."

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times on Bradley's release: "It signals new accountability at Halas Hall."

  • Minnesota has one game remaining before left tackle Bryant McKinnie returns from an NFL suspension. His replacement, Artis Hicks, will be matched up against Tennessee Pro Bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch on Sunday. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has details.

  • The playing time for Minnesota nose tackle Pat Williams has decreased notably this season, according to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Coach Brad Childress said he is simply trying to keep Williams' legs fresh and that there are no injury issues.