NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings



  • According to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, the release of Bears K Elliott Fry does not necessarily make K Eddy Pineiro the winner of the kicking competition despite being the last man standing. 
  • Biggs says the Bears will continue to look outside the organization to see if they can shore up the kicking spot. 
  • Bears HC Matt Nagy said the move lets Pineiro take all the reps at kicker the last two preseason games while the team monitors potential cuts on other teams: “For right now, we feel good with where he’s at.” (Kevin Fishbain)


  • Following the news that the Lions have released WR Dontrelle Inman, Justin Rogers thinks there’s a “realistic chance” Detroit will take a second look at Inman. 
  • Rogers notes that the Lions brought Inman in for a workout during the offseason. 


  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers missed practice Sunday with back tightness as the team takes “continued precaution,” per the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman. The injury also kept Rodgers out of the team’s Week 2 preseason game. 
  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur said he’s not “overly” concerned if Rodgers can’t play at all during the preseason. The preference is to get him some snaps but for now, the veteran is day-to-day. (Ryan Wood)
  • LaFleur added he thinks Rodgers could probably play if there was a game tomorrow and the team is just trying to make sure the back tightness doesn’t last into the regular season. (Tom Silverstein)
  • Packers RB Jamaal Williams returned to practice for the first time since his hamstring injury on the second day of camp. (Schneidman)
  • Packers sixth-round CB Ka’Dar Hollman missed practice Sunday with a stinger suffered Thursday against the Ravens. (Jim Owczarski)


  • According to’s Matt Lombardo, the Giants make sense as a potential trade destination for Vikings former first-round WR Laquon Treadwell.
  • Treadwell has familiarity with Giants HC Pat Shurmur, who worked as his offensive coordinator in Minnesota. 
  • Lombardo says the Giants have also shown a proclivity for taking chances on former high first-round wide receivers, like Corey Coleman.
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