We're Black and Blue All Over:
We noted Monday that receiver Greg Jennings showed up on the Green Bay Packers' injury report with a groin injury, one that presumably was the reason he left the field late in Sunday's 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The question now is whether Jennings can recover with a quick turnaround in order to play Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday night he wasn't sure if that can happen. The leg had improved between Sunday evening and Monday morning, but he'll be re-evaluated Tuesday to determine if he can practice. Jennings missed the final three regular-season games of 2011 because of a knee injury and was limited in training camp because of a concussion.
As we discussed Monday, the Packers appear to have kept veteran Donald Driver on their roster mostly for insurance reasons. That decision might pay off earlier than they had hoped.
Continuing around the NFC North:
A whiff in the open field against 49ers running back Frank Gore might have cost Packers safety M.D. Jennings his starting job, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rookie Jerron McMillian replaced him thereafter.
The Packers need to fix communication problems in their secondary and also their running game, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Packers reinstated linebacker Erik Walden to their roster Monday after a one-game NFL suspension, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
A review of the video reveals Chicago Bears left tackle J'Marcus Webb played well Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. The Bears didn't give Webb much help at all after Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney departed because of an ankle injury.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said on his ESPN 1000 radio show that he audibled "50-60 percent" of the time in Sunday's victory over the Colts.
The Bears' defensive line is out to prove it's not just Julius Peppers and three nobodies, writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Detroit Lions should bench receiver Titus Young for one game, write Justin Rogers of Mlive.com. Young was called for a personal foul Sunday after head-butting St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
No matter how much Jim Schwartz or Jim Harbaugh tries to minimize it, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News, their ill-fated postgame handshake last year will be a focal point for the hype of Sunday night's game between the Lions and 49ers this week.
Lions cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) said he plans to practice Wednesday and wants to play Sunday, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Minnesota Vikings' victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Among the numbers: Receiver Percy Harvin played on 47 of 59 offensive snaps, while tailback Adrian Peterson played 31 snaps.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier on quarterback Christian Ponder, via the Star Tribune: "The poise that was needed in that sequence [at the end of the game] and the leadership that was needed, that's good stuff. That's what this league is made of -- when you have a quarterback who can take you down in the last 2 minutes of a game and put you in a position to win the game. He did something we hadn't seen very much of."
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield played Sunday days after his brother was murdered in Ohio, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.