We're Black and Blue All Over:
Training camp is a time for sweat, soreness, exhaustion and, naturally, arachnids. Check out this video that Chicago Bears rookie Kyle Long posted to his Instagram account Thursday night.
It appears that just as young Kyle hit the hay, he found something that looked a lot like a tarantula next to him. "Either tarantulas are indigenous to Illinois," he said in the video, "or I've been pranked."
I'm going to go with the latter, and I'm quite glad I didn't see this video until morning.
Continuing around the NFC North on this fine Friday:
The Bears gave rookie Jon Bostic a chance to make the calls at middle linebacker Thursday while veteran Lance Briggs took a day off. More form Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "I feel like I'm 25. Age is just a number that gets put on players. It's real, but it's really in your heart and your mind how you feel. I feel young in those places, and I think it's showing."
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune explains how Bears general manager Phil Emery uses analytics to help build his roster.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "You're never going to confuse Detroit Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore with starter Matthew Stafford. But when Moore takes the field in the team's preseason opener, you might have a hard time believing he's the same player that signed with the Lions as an undrafted rookie out of Boise State."
The Lions' change to special-teams coordinator John Bonamego seems to be working out well, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Rookie defensive end Devin Taylor has made an impact on Lions training camp. More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Greg Jennings was talking about Aaron Rodgers again Thursday afternoon. Only this time, he was referring to the Green Bay Packers quarterback by name and speaking in conciliatory tones about his former team after a conversation with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier."
The NFL suspended reserve Vikings offensive lineman DeMarcus Love for four games after he violated its policy on performance-enhancing drugs. More from Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
Vikings receiver Jarius Wright, via Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com: "I can catch intermediate routes. I don't want to brag, or boast, or anything, but I think I can do it all. I can catch short routes and run 60 yards. I can run 60 yards and catch the ball. I can do both."
The Green Bay Packers aren't worried about a series of dropped passes in practice by receiver Randall Cobb, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is confident the team will have better safety play in 2013, notes the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Rookie defensive end Datone Jones has made a great early impression on the Packers, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.