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Lockout'11: NFC North player reps

Now more than ever, it makes sense to identify the NFC North players who will be most involved in resolving the NFL's looming labor dispute. Below you'll see each team's union representatives, based on the most recent list published by the NFL Players Association.

Chicago Bears

Rep: Place-kicker Robbie Gould

Co-alternates: Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and receiver Rashied Davis

Comment: Hillenmeyer was released earlier this week and might retire, but he is expected to remain active in union activities regardless.

Detroit Lions

Rep: Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch

Co-alternates: Place-kicker Jason Hanson and linebacker Julian Peterson

Comment: Vanden Bosch took over this year for offensive lineman Jon Jansen, who was released. Peterson is expected to be released this spring.

Green Bay Packers

Rep: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Co-alternates: Cornerback Charles Woodson and receiver Donald Driver

Comment: Rodgers took over the lead role during the 2010 season. Woodson recently released a statement supporting Wisconsin public workers in their ongoing dispute with the state.

Minnesota Vikings

Rep: Left guard Steve Hutchinson

Co-alternates: Defensive end Jared Allen and linebacker Ben Leber

Comment: Hutchinson predicted last summer the NFL would lock out its players. Leber is unsigned for 2011.