We still haven’t gotten any official word on the condition of Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs, but Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports he has a mild left knee sprain and a hip pointer that could affect his availability for Sunday’s game against St. Louis.
Whatever the injury, the Bears were concerned enough about it to sign free agent Cato June for extra depth. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times suggests June’s arrival coincides more with his medical clearance last week after recovering from a broken arm. The Bears will spend the next five weeks evaluating June to determine if he could have a role for them next season.
We’ll keep you updated.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Chicago Park District is re-sodding Soldier Field this week, reports the Tribune’s Dan Pompei.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago looks at the contract Philadelphia gave tight end Brent Celek relative to what it might mean for Bears tight end Greg Olsen.
Will Green Bay’s defensive rookies be subject to the “rookie wall?” Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks into it.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: “If not for the underachieving special teams, the Packers could be challenging the Minnesota Vikings for the division championship.”
Packers cornerback Al Harris had surgery Monday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Minnesota leads the NFL in third-down defense and ranks second in third-down offense, notes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. The last time a team led the NFL in both categories was 1975.
Vikings coach Brad Childress is trying to get the musician Prince to visit the team’s practice facility, according to this blog post from Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Detroit linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring) was among the injured players who returned to practice Tuesday, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News. But will he reclaim his starting job from rookie DeAndre Levy?
The Lions worked out tight end Carson Butler on Tuesday but did not sign him, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.