NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings




Lions LB Jarrad Davis suffered a severe high ankle sprain during the preseason and admitted he was “really scared” at the time. However, it turned out to be as serious as it could have been and Davis says he’s “truly blessed.” 

“I was really emotional about it, I was upset about it,” Davis said, via the Detroit Free Press. “It’s something I didn’t really ever think I was really going to have to ever go through, but it’s football so at some point it’s bound to happen. But I was just really scared in the moment and I’m just glad it wasn’t what it seemed like it was. I feel like I’m truly blessed. Honestly, that’s all I can say. I’ve just been praying about it a lot and I’m thankful.”

Davis has practiced on a limited basis this week, but isn’t sure if he’ll play in Week 2. 

“That’s the question I’m asking myself every day,” Davis said. “That’s the best answer I can give you. Truly it’s hard to – and I won’t be able to truly know until like I’m actually in that situation again.”


  • Packers LT David Bakhtiari returned to practice on Friday after missing yesterday with a back issue. (Matt Schneidman)
  • Bakhtiari explained that his back was “just not cooperating” early this week in practice, but he sounds optimistic about playing on Sunday: “Do whatever I need to do that’s necessary to open up my back, keep it from regressing to where it was. If we do that, I think I can have a good chance to play.” (Ryan Wood)
  • Packers WR Darrius Shepherd returned to practice on Friday after missing Week 1’s game. (Matt Schneidman)
  • The Packers officially ruled out LB Oren Burks (chest) and WR Darrius Shepherd (hamstring) for Week 2 and list T David Bakhtiari (back) and CB Ka’dar Hollman (neck as questionable.


Vikings QB Kirk Cousins had just 10 passing attempts in Week 1, but he says he’s happy fine not having to drop back 50 times in a game.

“I have no interest in dropping back 50 times if we don’t need to,” Cousins said Wednesday. “I’d like to win the way we did last week if that’s the way it can happen.”

Cousins added that the Vikings’ rushing attack is “important” to the team’s offensive identity this season. 

It’s going to be important that that becomes an identity that we can sustain week in and week out and it wasn’t just a one-week thing,” said Cousins.

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