NFC North News and Rumors
Chris Long appears likely to return for Rams this week
profootballtalk.com Updated 8 hours ago
Defensive end Chris Long appeared in only the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings before having ankle surgery and landing on the injured reserve-designated to return list for the St. Louis Rams. But Long appears set to return to the lineup for t…Upvote Share Tweet
Thursday’s N.F.L. Matchupsnytimes.com 10 hours agoDetroit’s game against Chicago looks like it will be more competitive than it would have been a couple weeks ago, when the Lions were among the N.F.L.'s top teams and the Bears had allowed a combined 106 points in back-to-back losses.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 13 hours agoMichael Bush is grateful to get a chance with the Cardinals after not getting 'fair shake' in Chicago.Upvote Share TweetThe Bears and Lions have released their final injury reports before Thursday’s game at Ford Field and it finds key players on both sides questionable. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller drew the tag after hurting his MCL last weekend. He was listed as a limit…Upvote Share TweetVikings left tackle Matt Kalil has apologized for flicking the hat off a heckling fan last Sunday. But the guy should probably be glad Ryan Kalil didn’t give more wedgies growing up. The Panthers center came to the defense of his little brother, saying …Upvote Share TweetLions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for punching an opponent at New England on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Bridgewater's No. 1 priority for improvement down the stretch: `Just take advantage of those easy completions'startribune.com 16 hours agoDon’t know if you’ve noticed, but at 4-7 and residing in the NFC North, the Vikings sure have a lot less to play for than the 3-7-1 Panthers do in the NFC Worst South. So we asked Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to name the No. 1 thing he’s…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears place Brian de la Puente on injured reserveprofootballtalk.com 16 hours agoAmong the many problems that have plagued the Bears this season is an inability to keep the same offensive line together for long stretches because of injuries. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod has missed two games, left guard Matt Slauson is on injured reser…Upvote Share Tweet
Former Lions defensive end Willie Young flourishing in ChicagoESPN.com 18 hours agoALLEN PARK, Mich. – Willie Young heard Matthew Stafford called him “one of my favorite teammates” Tuesday and the former Detroit Lions defensive end -- now with the Chicago Bears -- started to laugh. Young, who left the Lions in free agency during the o…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 18 hours agoGREEN BAY, Wis. -- T.J. Lang was either trying to keep the New England Patriots guessing or he was just trying to be funny, but the Green Bay Packers right guard had a towel draped over his head during Wednesday's practice as he rode a stationary bike. …Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt, who will have surgery Friday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, said he expects to be completely healthy by training camp next July and will stay in Minnesota to rehab during the rest o…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 20 hours agoPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers correctly pointed out on Tuesday that Sunday’s game against the Patriots is not about a matchup between him and Tom Brady because they won’t be on the field at the same time barring some really strange coaching decision…Upvote Share TweetHopefully by Thursday, Eddie Lacy’s stomach has settled down. He deserves to be able to enjoy a piece of pie after the way he carried the Packers last week. The second-year running back was named NFC offensive player of the week, for his gutsy performan…Upvote Share Tweet
Lions vs. Bears previewESPN.com 21 hours agoWhen: 12:30 p.m. ET, Thursday Where: Ford Field, Detroit TV: CBS The Detroit Lions broke their Thanksgiving Day hex last season when they annihilated NFC North foe Green Bay. At the time, the Lions looked like a team potentially heading for the playoffs…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Week 13 picksprofootballtalk.com 21 hours agoAs Thanksgiving approaches, I’m quite thankful for my three-game lead through 12 weeks of action. The three-game lead survived Week 12, because we split the four games on which we disagreed last weekend (I was right on Bengals and Browns, MDS nailed it …Upvote Share Tweet
Lance Briggs expects groin injury to keep him out “a few weeks”Longtime Bears linebacker Lance Briggs knows the clock is ticking. And his time in Chicago might be even shorter than he imagined, thanks to a groin injury picked up last week. Briggs said during his weekly show on CSN Chicago that his groin issue would…Upvote Share TweetBills WR Robert Woods made the Jets pay for single coverage. The Dolphins have had some bad luck. Patriots QB Tom Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have never started against each other, until Sunday. The latest “Fire John Idzik” billboard tells Woody …Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Caldwell: Lions have no comfort zone on offenseGoing two weeks without a touchdown is a sign that things aren’t working for your offense, but the signs were there for the Lions even before they lost their last two games while scoring a total of 15 points. They are scoring their fewest points per gam…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Nov 26 (yesterday)Well, that escalated quickly. Only nine days ago, quarterback Robert Griffin III remained entrenched as the starter in D.C. After nearly beating the Vikings in his return from a dislocated ankle, Griffin had two weeks to get ready for a gimme putt again…Upvote Share Tweet
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