NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings



  • Bears HC Matt Nagy said G Kyle Long returning from injured reserve “could be a possibility” this season. Long just got out of walking boot this week. (Brad Biggs)


  • The Packers hosted OT Andrew Nelson for a visit this week. (Howard Balzer)


  • Charles Robinson reports that a “very close” friend to Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told him regarding the John DeFilippo hire: “Listen, Mike. I don’t know that you and Flip are really that closely aligned. You’re an odd match. And oh, by the way, Flip is a climber. Be ready for him looking for NFL jobs, you know, as soon as the season’s over. Make sure you have a plan B at offensive coordinator.”
  • Robinson adds that Zimmer didn’t want to allow Kevin Stefanski to leave for the job with the Giants because he needed him as a go-to option if things didn’t work out with DeFilippo.
  • Vikings DT Sheldon Richardson said he’ll play in Sunday’s game, despite his hip injury: “I’ll make it. I know how to play through some pain. I’m all right.’‘ (Chris Tomasson)
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