We're Black and Blue All Over:
Monday nights in May are not supposed to be as newsy as yesterday's was. We noted the unveiling of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium/Fortress of Solitude, but several other items popped up as well. We'll start with the absence of Chicago Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi from offseason workouts.
As Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reported, Carimi hasn't worked out with the team since April 18, the conclusion of a three-day veteran minicamp. Instead, he is working out on his own in Arizona, and on Monday, he was the only eligible player who didn't participate in the Bears' first organized team activity (OTA).
It's important to note that workouts and OTAs are all voluntary under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The only mandatory event is the second veteran minicamp, which the Bears will hold next month. But fair or not, players who skip offseason workouts usually don't endear themselves to the coaching staff -- especially a new one like the Bears'.
The Bears worked Carimi mostly at guard in their April minicamp, and it appears he will have to win a competition just to ensure a roster spot. The team has signed veteran guard Matt Slauson and also drafted guard Kyle Long in the first round. Regardless, it has been a quick and hard fall for a player who was a No. 1 draft pick himself just two years ago.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Bears made several roster moves Monday, including releasing linebacker Dom DiCicco. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has the details.
The father of former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young has spoken out and wants the public to know that his son has been seeking treatment at outpatient facilities for his behavior. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News: "Richard Young said his son suffers from a disorder caused by his brain being compressed into the front of his skull, but he couldn't remember its name Monday. The father said his son's disposition changed after he suffered a concussion during his rookie season, although the Lions never listed that as an injury."
Free-agent returner Josh Cribbs left Detroit without signing a contract but said the Lions are high on his list of potential landing spots, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's website.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune was disappointed the Minnesota Vikings didn't pony up for a retractable roof in their new stadium. Scoggins: "That said, the Vikings found a suitable compromise that will bring an outdoor feel and atmosphere to the stadium."
"There shouldn't be much angst" about the fixed roof, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com. Zulgad: "Looking at the 65,000-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2016, it's clear how much things have changed since the Metrodome was completed in 1982. Simply put, just because a stadium isn't open to the elements doesn't mean it's destined to be a dark and dingy dome."
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The Vikings' new stadium doesn't look like a football stadium. It's more like some futuristic spaceship you would envision warp speeding around a distant quadrant of the universe. And there's nothing wrong with that. The new stadium will have a distinctive look that had fans who saw it for the first time letting out the kind of cheer Adrian Peterson gets when he takes off on an 80-yard touchdown run."
The Green Bay Packers signed five players who had tried out for their roster during rookie minicamp, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
History shows that an undrafted tight end has a good chance to make the Packers' roster, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.