NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings


The Bears officially placed TE Zach Miller on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday a day after they signed him to a one-year contract. (NFLTR)

Miller says that even after the serious knee injury, he’s hoping to resume his career at some point.

“With my doctors and everyone I spoke to, we’re not going to put any set limitations on this,” Miller said, via “We’re just going to take it as it goes. There has not been a definitive, ‘you can never do this again.’ That hasn’t been talked about. It’s to approach this as you are planning to get back to where I can be myself and play football and then when that time comes, some of that is out of my hands. So, I’m just going to do as much as I can to get that point and see what happens.

Miller added that his new contract enables him to continue rehabbing with team doctors while maintaining his routine and support system.

“My daily is, I’ll be here, I’ll rehab, I’ll go to meetings, be a part of the football team as I had before, but obviously I’m just not able to play,” Miller said. “Any way I can help any of the guys in our tight end room and really our football team, that’s going to kind of be my role for the year.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever been mentally defeated — ever. I feel good. I’m happy with where I’m at and with my recovery. I’m happy with the steps that we’ve made. Positivity has been one of my qualities that’s helped get me through all this stuff. I’m in a good place right now.”


Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told reporters on Monday that the reports regarding a contract extension “are just conjecture” right now.

“I don’t talk about it to the media, and I don’t think my agent is either,” Rodgers said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “A lot of it is just conjecture. Or stories that aren’t really based in factual interactions or misrepresented actions. I think that’s just part of it. It’s kind of a slow period for football right now and we’re heading into the summer, and there’s not much to talk about unless somebody gets arrested or injured in the offseason or something happens on the Fourth of July. That’s usually the stories we get now until training camp. I don’t have anything to report at this point, but I’m sure there will be some unnamed sources close to me that have some sort of scoop along the way.”


Vikings second-year RB Dalvin Cook was able to take part in OTAs and 11-on-11 drills this week for the first time since he tore his ACL.

“I’ve been feeling good but this week was another milestone in the rehab,” Cook said, per Courtney Cronin. “Getting back out there with the team a little bit. This was a milestone for me just to get back out there and get some things done. I’ve been feeling great, though.”

  • Vikings DE Brian Robison admitted that this is likely his final season in the NFL: “More than likely I think it is (his final year) I’ve talked to my wife & family about it & the body’s just getting to that point. I’m not going to make that decision wholeheartedly until probably the season starts. Ask me that in August I’ll have a definite answer.” (Chris Tomasson)
  • Regarding his $2.385 million pay cut, Robison said: “I didn’t think it’d be that much, but I definitely saw it coming.” (Chris Tomasson)

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