We're Black and Blue All Over:
I ran out of steam Tuesday before the news stopped pouring in, so let's catch up on a flurry of moves that ended the season of four prominent Minnesota Vikings players, including two starters.
Receiver Michael Jenkins (knee) and safety Husain Abdullah (concussion) were placed on injured reserve, along with safety Tyrell Johnson (hamstring) and long-snapper Cullen Loeffler. Among those signed to fill their spots were veteran safety Jarrad Page.
Abdullah hadn't played since Week 10. Jenkins, however, had been a reliable receiver for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder and leaves the team's receiving corps in shambles. Percy Harvin is the only remaining wide receiver with more than nine receptions this season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Writing for 1500ESPN.com, Sam Monson looks at what the Vikings must do in order to slow down the Denver Broncos' option offense.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press sees Minneapolis getting back into the Vikings' stadium game.
It's not clear whether Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, released from jail Monday, will play Sunday against the New York Giants. Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
Packers guard T.J. Lang has matured this season, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com provides an injury update, noting that guard Josh Sitton (knee) could miss a few weeks.
The Detroit Lions have the NFL's second-most difficult schedule the rest of the way, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Eric Lacy of the Detroit News traces the issues of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to high school. Suh punched an opponent during a playoff game in 2004.
Lions rookie Nick Fairley is at his healthiest of the season as he sets out to replace Suh, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Drew Sharp of the Free Press on Suh's two-game suspension: "Roger Goodell took a ruler to Ndamukong Suh's wrist, scolding the NFL's bad boy for being nothing more than a bad little boy. A two-game suspension for Suh stomping a player on the field Thanksgiving Day and then stomping all over common sense in a failed mea culpa following the game, is the equivalent of rich parents punishing their spoiled teen by forcing him to drive the domestic sedan for two weeks rather than the European sports car."
Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "I knew there was going to be a learning curve; I just hope it's very short.''
Here is some video of Hanie speaking with Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Things usually get better after the first start, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.