NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings


Bears K Eddy Pineiro missed his first kick of the season on Monday night against the Redskins — a 44-yard field goal. Pineiro responded by making all of his extra point attempts and said after the game he was kicking through an injury suffered lifting weights Friday. 

“I felt it in every kick,” Pineiro said via NBC Sports’ J.J. Stankevitz. “I gotta muscle through it. A lot of people play with pain. I’m not the only one that plays with pain.”

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky broke his touchdown drought against the Redskins on Monday night, tossing his first three touchdown passes of the season. It was a marked improvement from the offense’s performance in the first two weeks, though it still wasn’t perfect. 

“I don’t know if I’d call it a breakthrough yet,” Trubisky said via NBC Sports’ J.J. Stankevitz. “We gotta keep getting better and keep growing.”

  • Per the Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain, Bears HC Matt Nagy doesn’t think the knee injury that forced DT Akiem Hicks to leave Monday night’s game is serious: “I really believe it’s more of a wear and tear type thing. … I think he’ll be OK.”


  • Per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Lions HC Matt Patricia said DT Mike Daniels is “day-to-day” with a foot sprain.
  • Lions signed WR Chris Lacy to their practice squad. (NFLTR)
  • Lions released RB Nick Brossette from the practice squad.


Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that “it’s time for us to do our part on offense” after the defense has carried them to open the season. 

“It’s time for us to do our part on offense,” Rodgers said, via “Moving forward, we’re going to play a stretch of really good football teams. At some point, we can’t expect our defense to shut everybody down. They have been, but at some point the offense is going to have to wake up and start making some plays.

  • According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers G Lane Taylor will need to undergo biceps surgery and will not be ready in time to be designated to return from injured reserve this season. 


  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Vikings WR Chad Beebe has torn ligaments in his ankle.
  • While Pelissero reports the Vikings initially planned to wait to see how Beebe responded, Minnesota decided to place the receiver on injured reserve Tuesday. 
  • If he clears waivers, the Vikings plan to bring recently-released LB Devante Downs back to the practice squad. (Chris Tomasson)
  • The Vikings signed CB Marcus Sherels to a prorated one-year, $930,000 deal. (Tomasson)
  • Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell signed a prorated minimum deal of $720,000 which will come back to Minnesota as a cap credit next year because he was guaranteed $1.15 million with an offset when he was cut by the team before. (Tomasson)

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