One more step closer to an actual season, and it can't come soon enough. More injuries (concussions), several players back from injuries and a few outstanding injuries are the theme of today's links.
The Bears may have some issues at linebacker, with Brian Urlacher out and Geno Hayes out sick on Sunday, so they moved JT Thomas to strong-side linebacker Sunday, according to ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson.
I remain unconcerned by Urlacher’s absence, and it’s not a bad thing to get other guys some extra reps anyway, just in case.
Mark Potash has a recap of the weekend’s events in the Chicago Sun-Times, including a big step forward for rookie Shea McClellin, the continued excellent progress of fellow rookie Alshon Jeffery and some depth battling on the offensive line.
News of McClellin and Jeffery should make fans happy, especially McClellin who struggled early in camp.
As rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles tries to recover from his ACL injury, he’s learning his limits reports Justin Rogers at MLive.com.
Like most players, Broyles had to learn to slow down and work—his body heals at its own pace no matter how much he’d like it to do otherwise. It sounds like he gets that and, with the depth at wide receiver, he knows there is no rush to get back on the field other than what he puts on himself.
Carlos Monarrez writes in the Detroit Free Press that defensive end Everette Brown, who has been doing well this off-season, is using past failures and cuts as motivation.
It’s a story as old as sports, but no less true. Some guys can take that and push themselves to success. The guys who can’t, you stop hearing about.
Zach Kruse has some reaction to the Cedric Benson signing at CheeseheadTV.com. I talked about this some yesterday, but Kruse touches on two of the same points I was making—that Benson’s continuous health and pass protection skills were attractive to this team
It’s a low-risk, high-reward signing. They won’t run the ball 30 times, but they may do so more effectively and consistently when they do run it.
Maybe the Black and Blue Division isn’t dead. Seriously, at least concussion-wise, it seems to be as brutal as ever.
To whit, Greg Jennings is still out with a concussion as Tom Silverstein reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and according to him head coach Mike McCarthy has no timeline for his return.
Hard to say what level of concern to have, but DEFCON Purple works for me.
While Vikings nation applauded Adrian Peterson’s emergence from the PUP, head coach Leslie Frazier is trying to temper the enthusiasm because he still needs to be hit, according to the Star Tribune’s Mark Craig.
Frazier is a wet blanket, but he’s right—until there is meaningful contact we don’t know how Peterson will hold up. So, we’ll keep holding our breath.
Tom Pelissero has an interview with the man himself over at 1500 ESPN. Peterson is excited and I can completely see why he has been on the PUP—the team made a wise choice holding him back until they were sure. He is TREMENDOUSLY enthusiastic which could have ended badly.
He sounds like he knows there is still work to be done and is ready for the last push.
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