We're Black and Blue All Over:
Many of you have been asking about a timetable for the return of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the best answer right now is that it will be a while.
As we've discussed, an injury to a quarterback's throwing shoulder is usually treated with extreme caution. But 10 days after the injury, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Stafford still can't use his right arm to tie his shoes. He can lift the arm over his head, but obviously he has significant work to do before he can begin throwing.
There aren't many tea leaves to read on this one. It's obvious the Lions think Stafford will return at some point this season, or else they would have placed him on injured reserve. But initial discussions of a six-week timetable seem to be a solid baseline at this point.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions benched linebacker Julian Peterson for the final two series of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com. Peterson will presumably remain in the starting lineup, in part because of the concussion-related absence of fellow outside linebacker Zack Follett.
Here's another scary concussion story from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: Follett said he suffered the concussion during a first-half kickoff against the Eagles and played the second half "in kind of a dream." Ouch.
ESPN's John Clayton reports the Minnesota Vikings ultimately refused the San Diego Chargers' asking price for receiver Vincent Jackson. The Chargers wanted second- and fourth-round draft picks.
Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo on his infrequent use in the Vikings' first two games, via Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I didn't really know what to expect. I feel I'm capable of catching the ball. I'm capable of making plays. Then again, we have talented receivers here. It's not like I'm going to come in and replace anybody. I've got to find my spot. I've got to figure out what the offense needs and fulfill whatever role they need me to."
Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley was a close friend and college teammate of Kenny McKinley, the Denver Broncos receiver who committed suicide this week. The Star Tribune has more.
The Vikings are trying to preach patience this week, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "While General Manager Ted Thompson has been criticized for the Packers' perceived thin ranks at outside linebacker, halfback and cornerback, those complaints have overshadowed the team's overall strength. Consider that in the past year the Packers have lost seven starters to injuries, suspension or free agency. Every team suffers from attrition, but the Packers have not only weathered the loss of roughly one-third of their starting lineup from last season, but continue to flourish in spite of it."
Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf missed the first two weeks of the NFL season while traveling in Europe and recently caught up on tape at Lambeau Field, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Chicago Bears' offense is unpredictable under new coordinator Mike Martz, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald: "Now that the Bears' offense has rolled up 771 yards of total offense in the first two weeks of the season, the Mike Martz bandwagon is filled to capacity. But players say they've had confidence in the new offensive coordinator's scheme for a long time, despite an inauspicious preseason."
The Bears demonstrated deft ability to make in-game adjustments Sunday against Dallas, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is back to his ball-stripping ways, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.