This is the October 5, 2012 news archive. View today's NFC North rumors and news.

NFC North News and Rumors

Bears WR Knox unsure if he'll play this season

Bears WR Knox unsure if he'll play this season

ESPN.com Updated Oct 5, 2012
Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox is unsure if he'll play this season.
Upvote Share Tweet
  • McCarthy says call to ref was 'right thing'

    McCarthy says call to ref was 'right thing'

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that he called the replacement referee who made the call on a final play that cost the Packers a game against the Seattle Seahawks to offer his support.
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D

    Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Sometimes when you have an edge in talent, you just have to let those players play. That’s why a pair of Vikings defensive linemen went to coaches, asking them to simplify things after a Week Two loss at Indianapolis. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams and
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Chad Greenway fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

    Chad Greenway fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway delivered a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson on Sunday, and he’s paying for it. Greenway has been fined $21,000, the NFL confirmed. After the game Greenway acknowledged that he was in the wron
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Aaron Rodgers: Discount Double Check!

    Aaron Rodgers: Discount Double Check!

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    I try to post entertaining marketing initiatives from NFC North players where appropriate, and the run of State Farm advertisements from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers always fits that mission. Here is his latest from the Discount Double Ch…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • NFC North Friday injury report

    NFC North Friday injury report

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Getting inside an uneventful Friday injury report: Chicago Bears: Tight end Evan Rodriguez (knee) has been ruled out for the second consecutive week. Receiver Earl Bennett (hand) is questionable, but all other players will be available for Sunday's game…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Final Word: NFC North

    Final Word: NFC North

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 5: Star tailback matchup? There was a time when a game featuring Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson would have spurred a week's worth of storylines about who deserved the title of the NFL's best running back. At the m…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Lions special teams coach wants to go back to shadows

    Lions special teams coach wants to go back to shadows

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Danny Crossman’s kids keep looking for him on television. He’d prefer they not see him as much. The Lions special teams coach knows him doing interviews or showing up on the broadcast is bad news, considering the way his group’s played. “Love anon
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • NFC North Week 5 programming note

    NFC North Week 5 programming note

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    We've got three NFC North teams in action Sunday while the Detroit Lions take their bye. The Chicago Bears will visit Jacksonville, where a flotilla of ESPNChicago.com reporters will provide full coverage. The Green Bay Packers, a team we've seen three …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • With Laurent Robinson out, Jags add a receiver

    With Laurent Robinson out, Jags add a receiver

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Jaguars haven’t officially announced wide receiver Laurent Robinson’s status for Sunday’s game against the Bears, but they sent a pretty good signal that he won’t be on the field after suffering his second concussion in as many weeks. The team
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Donald Driver: As long as we’re winning, I’m OK with my role

    Donald Driver: As long as we’re winning, I’m OK with my role

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Packers receiver Donald Driver has been progressively getting phased out of the offense over the last few years, and this year he’s hardly a part of the offense at all: He has just two catches through four games. But Driver is OK with that. “I’m fin
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Harrison Smith: The Vikings' 'Eraser'

    Harrison Smith: The Vikings' 'Eraser'

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- There have been at least two occasions this season when I've felt compelled to pause the DVR, grab my NFC North master roster and confirm what position No. 22 plays for the Minnesota Vikings. Rest assured. Harrison Smith is in fac…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • BBAO: Colts worried about 'Cheeseheads'

    BBAO: Colts worried about 'Cheeseheads'

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Many of you probably noticed Chicago Bears fans taking over Cowboys Stadium last Monday night, at one point chanting "Let's go Bears" so loud that linebacker Brian Urlacher could be seen saying, "Wow." …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Video - 'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Jaguars Jaguars 04:18

    'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Jaguars Jaguars

    Oct 5
    The "Playbook" crew explains whether the Jacksonville Jaguars will be able to move the football against a tough Chicago Bears defense in Week 5.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts 03:58

    'Playbook': Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts

    Oct 5
    How will the Green Bay Packers' pass rushers do against the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line? Watch "Playbook" to find out.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Bill Simmons empties out his inbox and makes Week 5 picks

    Oct 5
    The Sports Guy continues to mate his NFL picks with reader e-mails, hoping it turns out better than the Peyton Manning experiment.