We're Black and Blue All Over:
As training camp practices resume Monday morning around the NFC North, it's worth noting that one of the new players who excited many of us this offseason hasn't seen much action to date.
Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young suffered a leg injury in the team's first practice July 29 and hasn't been back on the field since. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the details. Young entered camp with a strong chance to win the Lions' No. 3 receiver's job, and that could still happen once he returns to the field. But to this point, Young hasn't been able to escape the Lions' injury list.
As we discussed in May, the Lions hope Young will be able to stretch the field in a way that veteran Bryant Johnson was not. It's hard to get too worried about an injury before the preseason begins, however. Let's see if Young can get back on the field this week.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Lions receiver Derrick Williams is making the most of the opportunity that Young's injury has provided, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
The Lions have elevated the talent of their defensive backs, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice has named his five starting offensive linemen, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. It doesn't include newcomer Chris Spencer. I'll have more on this situation in a bit.
Joshua Moore has emerged as a candidate to start at cornerback for the Bears, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Quarterback Jay Cutler has to emerge as the Bears' leader, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the life story of Green Bay Packers receiver/punt returner Shaky Smithson.
The Packers are concerned that the limit of padded practices during the regular season will increase pad level, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com looks at the transition that Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett has made from being the team's running backs coach.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com evaluates the Minnesota Vikings' roster.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune takes a closer look at cornerback Cedric Griffin's return from two torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
Vikings backup quarterback Rhett Bomar was arrested for third-degree drunken driving early Sunday morning in Mankato, Minn., writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Bomar's chances to make the roster were already slim.