We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning and thanks for returning, presumably, along with me after last week's time away. It sounds like I missed a few news stories, which is all but inevitable when you take a week away from the NFL, but we'll catch up soon enough.
If you watched the NCAA men's basketball Midwest Regional finals Sunday night, you saw Louisville's Kevin Ware suffer a compound fracture of his right leg. Afterwards, coach Rick Pitino compared the injury to the one suffered by current Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush when he played at Louisville. Bush was watching as well and expressed raw emotion via Twitter:
"I just cried. I feel so bad. #flashback of myself. Anyone if he needs anything please let me know. #teamware. … I can't even get myself together. I don't even wanna watch the rest of this game. His life just change."
On that note, let's catch up on some weekend news from around the NFC North:
The Chicago Bears can begin the first phase of their offseason program Monday under NFL rules for new coaching staffs. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune explains.
The Bears signed free agent guard Matt Slauson, probably to replace the departed Lance Louis at right guard. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has more.
The Bears also re-signed quarterback Josh McCown after backup Jason Campbell signed with the Cleveland Browns, notes Wright for ESPNChicago.com.
The Detroit Lions are looking for outside receiving depth in the free agent market, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, via Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com: "Let me just say this. When you win four games, you better have a sense of urgency about it. Certainly, I had a great sense of urgency about this offseason, but I wouldn't categorize it as not having a great sense of urgency in the previous offseasons. I just think we came into it with a great sense of urgency about getting better."
Lions coach Jim Schwartz on safeties Glover Quin and Louis Delmas, via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "We're ahead of ourselves in a lot of ways, but if it can be proven that we can keep both of those guys on the field and healthy, it's hard to create matchups from an offensive standpoint. You don't just have one guy that can cover or one guy that can blitz or one guy that can play in the box. You have a lot more ability to matchup and not let offenses be able to get you mismatched."
The Green Bay Packers will give cornerback Loyce Means, a street free agent who was out of football in 2012, a chance to make their roster, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Mike Vanderamuse of the Green Bay Press-Gazette thinks it's too early for the Packers and Brett Favre to reconcile.
The Packers will have their mandatory minicamp in the middle of their offseason program instead of at the end, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press examines the Minnesota Vikings' remaining roster holes.
The status of former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield still is not clear, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Winfield is being wooed strongly by the Washington Redskins.