Wednesday news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Rounding up a few items of note on Wednesday in the NFC North:

  • Minnesota re-signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, whom they originally added late last season during the Williams Wall/StarCaps saga. Once again, Kennedy will give the Vikings veteran insurance if the four-game suspensions of Pat Williams and Kevin Williams -- currently tied up in a Minnesota courtroom -- are ultimately upheld.

  • Free-agent linebacker Angelo Crowell visited Detroit. Crowell missed all of last season after undergoing a procedure in September to improve a kneecap condition known as chondromalacia, but is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp. Crowell visited Tampa Bay earlier this week, according to NFL.com. His older brother is former Lions receiver Germane Crowell, who played in Detroit from 1998-2002.

  • Chicago released guard Terrence Metcalf, which was no surprise following the free-agent signing of Frank Omiyale. Metcalf lost his starting job last season to Josh Beekman after suffering a knee injury and then serving a four-game NFL suspension.