We're Black and Blue All Over:
A heartbreaking story developed over the weekend following the death of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson. The incident that took his life last week was ruled a suicide, and The New York Times reported Duerson asked family members via text messages to have his brain examined for a disease that has been found in other deceased football players.
Duerson, in fact, shot himself in the chest rather than the head to keep his brain intact. He reportedly believed he might have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been tied to depression, dementia and occasionally suicide in former NFL players.
Over the next months, his brain will be studied at The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University.
To this point, players who have died with this disease were not aware of their condition. Duerson knew about the disease partly because of his role on an NFL Players Association committee that helped determine disability payouts to members.
It's terrifying to think that Duerson killed himself believing he might have a disease that he had seen lead to mental issues for other former players.
On that note, let's continue around the NFC North:
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune talks to Bears general manager Jerry Angelo about the potential for a lockout.
From a Star Tribune editorial: "We have a strong hunch that the team's dance with the Ramsey County Board is little more than an effort to gain leverage. Sports franchises routinely play locations off against one another, maneuvering to get the best deal with the least private investment."
Ramsey County officials have hinted at a county-wide sales tax to fund its portion of a new stadium, according to the Star Tribune.
The Green Bay Packers are raising ticket prices in the range of $2 to $4 per ticket next season, according to Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Outside linebacker is the Packers' top draft need, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Longtime Green Bay sports reporter Art Daley died Saturday at age 94, according to Jeff Ash of the Press-Gazette.
Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: "Since the season's been over, I haven't taken any time off. I kind of just want to get back to full strength and then maybe back off a little bit. But I've probably trained harder than I ever have the last couple of months. And I really feel great. As bad as neck surgery sounds, the recovery was a piece of cake. I don't really have any lasting effects from the injury or the surgery."
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is willing to move from the middle to the outside if necessary, notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.