BBAO: Goodbye, New Orleans

We're Black and Blue All Over:

NEW ORLEANS -- I'm bidding farewell this morning to the Big Easy and making the trek back to NFC North blog headquarters. I'll be making a pit stop in Atlanta, which you might not realize is on the way from New Orleans to Minneapolis, and therefore won't be back with you until later Friday afternoon.

But I've got some posts scheduled to publish throughout the day, and we'll start with a quick jaunt around the division:

  • Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin told Andrea Kremer of MSNBC.com that doctors now believe his life-long migraines were caused by sleep apnea, which he is now being treated for.

  • Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie missed the final series of Thursday night's 14-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints after dislocating a finger in his right hand, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

  • Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune: "[Brett] Favre lived a charmed existence in 2009. He didn't pay for his belated arrival because the Vikings started the season against Cleveland and Detroit, enabling him to make more warmup tosses than Mariano Rivera. By the time the Vikings began facing real teams, Favre had developed a bond with Sidney Rice and a football version of telepathy with Percy Harvin. Thursday, Favre played as if he had just driven over from his hometown of Kiln, Miss. On his tractor. With a cattail between his teeth."

  • Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson could earn up to $55 million over the next five years as part of his new contract extension, notes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the Packers' punt return and punt coverage teams.

  • The Packers' offensive line wants to start strong this season, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy missed practice Thursday, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggests it's unlikely Levy will play Sunday at the Chicago Bears.

  • Chris McCosky of the Detroit News examines the pending matchup between Lions left tackle Jeff Backus and Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.

  • Bears linebackers Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are excited about playing on the same field together again, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.

  • Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune on Peppers: "Based on the way the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end dominated in the preseason, one would expect his debut to be nothing short of spectacular."