We're Black and Blue All Over:
I heard from many of you Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning about the condition of Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings, who injured his ankle Tuesday during the first organized team activity (OTA) of the spring and sat out Wednesday's practice session. Most of it went something like this: He's hurt already?
Jennings has been dealing with a steady stream of injuries since December 2011, when a sprained knee cost him the final three regular-season games with the Green Bay Packers. He was limited by a concussion during training camp in 2012 and missed half of last season's games because of what was ultimately diagnosed as a sports hernia.
It's a bit inauspicious when a player gets injured in his first practice after missing 11 of his previous 19 regular-season games. But in this case, at least, I wouldn't get too worked up. Jennings didn't have a wrap on either ankle as he watched practice Wednesday, appeared to have no difficulty walking and was well enough to throw out the first pitch at Wednesday night's Minnesota Twins game. I understand your concern, but it's not justified at the moment.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson is trying to learn the slot position after the departure of Antoine Winfield. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune has more.
Joe Webb is displaying good hands as he makes the transition from quarterback to receiver, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson wants people to know that he has pass-catching skills, notes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola on taking a pay cut to return to the team this season, via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "It's just coming to terms with me getting older. The salary cap is what it was, so it really wasn't unrealistic for anybody to say you've got to take a pay cut. That's ridiculous for me, at this age, to be making that. It was an easy decision."
Lions cornerback Chris Houston, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: "Even though my stats don't show it, I feel I'm one of the best in the league and I'm looking to take my game to another level this year."
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "It was Ndamukong Suh media day Wednesday, and among the revelations were he'd love to be chosen as a defensive captain, he will take Mean Joe Greene's advice, he's got Nick Fairley's back on saying the Lions have the best defensive tackle tandem in the league and yes, when his contract is up in two years he would love to remain in Detroit."
Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop hopes to regain his starting job from Brad Jones, who replaced him last year after Bishop's season-ending injury. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
The Packers would like to see cornerback Casey Hayward crank up his play making beyond the six interceptions and 21 pass knockdowns he had last season. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin: "McClellin has looked OK. I'd be lying if I said he had performed spectacularly. But it's difficult -- impossible, really -- for a defensive lineman, especially an established defensive lineman, to look all that great in offseason work. We won't know how far McClellin has come until training camp and preseason. I know hopes remain high for him."
Dallas Cowboys players are raving about new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, the former Bears defensive coordinator. More from Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.