Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Minnesota receiver Bernard Berrian spoke out Tuesday on an aspect of the NFL's policy for supplement use, telling a national radio audience he has experienced difficulty getting information from the league's toll-free hotline.
The league provides the hotline as a resource for players unsure about the contents of supplements they are considering using. It's designed as a failsafe against taking a supplement that might be tainted or otherwise could cause a player to test positive for an illegal substance. Berrian told Sirius NFL radio that he hasn't always gotten through on the line:
"You've got to take some responsibility and call into that hotline. But I know one thing about that hotline. I've called twice before and actually never gotten a hold of anybody sometimes. So even when you try to do the right thing sometimes it is still hard to get a hold of somebody and really find out what you're really taking."
The topic came up during a discussion about the possible suspension of Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who reportedly took a supplement that contained a substance banned by the NFL. League spokesman Greg Aiello told the Star Tribune the league will follow up on Berrian's comments.
Elsewhere around the NFC North:
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at the Vikings' backup defensive tackles, Fred Evans and Ellis Wyms, in the event they are forced into more prominent duty this season.
Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette takes a look at the Packers' tough task Sunday of stopping the Tennessee running game. The Green Bay defense is allowing 141.9 rushing yards per game this season.
Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly appeared in a Harris (Tex.) County court Tuesday and was given a Dec. 2 pretrial hearing as part of his indictment for felony drug possession. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has details.
Dan Pompeii of the Chicago Tribune notes that Bears quarterback Kyle Orton has a 144.7 passer rating in the no-huddle offense this season. His rating is 84.8 after a huddle.
Bears center Olin Kreutz on the team's unexpectedly potent offense: "We have a good group of guys, and sometimes that overrides talent." Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times has the story.
Detroit needs to decide whether Kevin Smith or Rudi Johnson is the starting tailback, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com
Lions coach Rod Marinelli on rookie defensive end Cliff Avril: "I think we've got a special player." Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has details.