Black and Blue all over: Kreutz surgery

Chicago center Olin Kreutz will have surgery on an ailing Achilles tendon but is expected to be ready to play once training camp begins in July, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Kreutz has been dealing with the injury for two years and sought the opinions of at least two specialists. The procedure is expected to require four to six months of rehabilitation. At this point, there’s no reason to believe the Bears plan anything other than to bring the veteran back for the 2010 season.

In the meantime, it’s possible the Bears will use Josh Beekman at center during spring drills.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Bears plan to re-sign linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa for 2010, according to Biggs.

  • Chicago coach Lovie Smith is feeling some urgency to wrap up his search for an offensive coordinator, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times. Next up is Minnesota quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who will interview Thursday.

  • Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield will see a foot specialist in the next two weeks to check on the progress of his recovery, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Winfield fractured his foot Oct. 18.

  • Detroit assistant defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who could soon be promoted to defensive line coach, is known for his intensity. Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press watched Kocurek during Senior Bowl drills.

  • Kocurek is only 31, notes John Niyo of the Detroit News.

  • Green Bay president/CEO Mark Murphy won’t give a news conference at the Super Bowl after all, writes Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • New Cleveland president Mike Holmgren hired Green Bay executive Mark Schiefelbein to be his vice president of football operations. Here’s some background from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.