We're Black and Blue All Over:
It appears that injuries and performance issues will leave the Chicago Bears with alternate starters at three of their five offensive line positions Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has the full story.
Right guard Lance Louis will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, and the Bears will continue to use former right tackle Gabe Carimi in his spot, according to Wright. That means Jonathan Scott will continue to start at right tackle. Meanwhile, left guard Chris Spencer will need a week or two to recover from a knee injury, leaving backup Edwin Williams to start in his place.
Backups will be undrafted rookie James Brown, who has not played in an NFL game, and veteran guard/center Andre Gurode, who was signed Tuesday. Gurode, 33, last played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.
The Seahawks are tied for ninth in the NFL with 29 sacks this season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Solutions to the Bears' offensive line issues are now clear, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is the Bears' most valuable player, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young hasn't yet re-joined the team and might not return this season, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Lions coach Jim Schwartz: "The team and he both needed a little time away. But, again, it's not going to be based on what he does away from here. It's what he does when he's here with the team."
Schwartz on the Lions taking after him from an emotional standpoint, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "I'm very proud of our team and I would be proud if they took some of their personality from me."
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com thinks that former Philadelphia Eagles pass-rusher Jason Babin could be a good fit for the Lions.
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings' return could be a boost for the team's offense, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers won't activate offensive lineman Derek Sherrod from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and might not get running back Cedric Benson back either, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Sherrod hasn't recovered fully from a broken leg he suffered last season.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on time he has spent recently with tight end Jermichael Finley, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "With Jermichael, I think it's been about getting on the same page and spending some time together. And I think the thing I appreciate about him over the last three or four weeks is just how he really has been a good teammate. I think he really has. He cares about his guys; he's been intentional about spending time with me and wanting to make sure we're on the same page. And I think it's helped. I really do think it's helped."
Cab drivers in Chicago often have an interesting perspective on football, writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings lost running back Jordan Todman off their practice squad to the Jacksonville Jaguars, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. They signed rookie Jon Banyard to replace him.