NFC Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings


  • Per ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, Bears HC Matt Nagy said K Cairo Santos would kick for the Bears in Week 1. 
  • Bears RB Tarik Cohen suggested RB David Montgomery (groin) might not be out that long: “He bounced back off of that (injury) so fast. It’s like it never happened. He’s already back doing the things you love to see him doing.” (Colleen Kane)


Packers RT Billy Turner said he is “day-to-day” with his knee injury and is unsure whether he will play in Week 1. 

“I’m progressing forward It’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll see when Sunday gets here. It just kind of depends on how the injury goes But it’s definitely getting healthy, showing good signs,” said Turner, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur was also vague on Turner’s availability for Week 1 against the Vikings: “He’s doing everything in his power to come back.” (Tomasson)
  • LaFleur said Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has “pretty much got free reign” to change the play at the line of scrimmage and LaFleur has “complete trust” in Rodgers to get the team out of bad looks and into good ones. (Rob Demovsky)


  • Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said he’s ready to move forward without a contract extension: “I’m not worried. I’m prepared to go play. … I’ll let the business take care of business.”
  • Cook ruled out any possibility of a holdout during the season: “If coach Zim calls my name, I’ll be out there.” (Tomasson)
  • However, Cook acknowledged there was some sting at not being able to come to a long-term deal this offseason: “You go out and bust your tail and you expect a reward to come of that. I just hope the Vikings and my agent come to an agreement that values me. Until then, I’ve just got to wait my turn.” (Chad Graff)
  • Jeremy Fowler reports that the Vikings and Cook are not close on a contract extension, but there’s still time before Week 1. Fowler adds that Minnesota wanted to get a deal done but haven’t found common ground yet. 
  • Vikings LB Eric Kendricks appeared to cast doubt on DE Danielle Hunter‘s availability for Week 1 against the Packers, per Purple Insider’s Matthew Coller: “It’s going to be hard to replace a guy like that but we have guys who are hungry and want to step up too.”
  • ESPN’s Courtney Cronin says her sources continue to say the Vikings are being cautious with Hunter and don’t think he’ll miss a lot of time but if he doesn’t play Week 1 it’s a precautionary measure. 
  • Then, the Vikings put Hunter on injured reserve, which means he’ll miss at least the first three games. 

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