NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings



  • Bears HC Matt Nagy said of S Eddie Jackson (ankle) and OLB Aaron Lynch (elbow): “I don’t think either one of them is season-ending.” (Rich Campbell)
  • According to Nagy, Jackson is undergoing further testing on Monday: “We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”


Packers interim HC Joe Philbin was asked about the possibility of sitting QB Aaron Rodgers for the final two games of the season.

I think when you sign up for the 2018 NFL season, you sign up for a 16-game season and hopefully you earn the opportunity to extend that and to compete for a championship,” Philbin said, via “Obviously the extension part is over. That being said, you’re a football player, you’re part of a team and your one role is to the contribute to the overall success of the team. And the team has an opportunity to win a game Sunday against the New York Jets, and if our players, they should want to participate because they’re good teammates and they should. I think that’s their obligation to the team. So we’ll see. If there are other discussions contrary to that, we’ll certainly cross that bridge and discuss it.

Again, I think it’s bigger than Aaron Rodgers. This is a football team. You’re a football player. You’re employed by the Green Bay Packers just like if players or coaches were to say, ‘Geez I’d like to go home tonight and not prepare as hard for this game because we’re not going to the playoffs,’ I mean, that’s not a professional approach to the job, I don’t think.”


  • The Minnesota Vikings tried out CFL K Ty Long and LB Alex Singleton last week. (Howard Balzer)

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