NFC Notes: Lions, Packers, Vikings



Chris Burke of The Athletic takes a look at the Lions’ situation with WR Marvin Jones, who has come up as a speculative trade possibility in recent weeks.

  • Burke writes that if a team is willing to offer the Lions similar compensation to the second-round pick the Falcons got from the Patriots last year for Mohamed Sanu, Detroit likely takes it.
  • Burke could also see the Lions taking a third-round pick for Jones, but it remains to be seen whether teams would value him that highly while he’s in the midst of a disappointing 2020 season.
  • As for teams to watch, Burke tosses out the Ravens, Patriots, Eagles and Saints as a few that could make sense.
  • OUT for Week 7: CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)


  • Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Packers RB Aaron Jones suffered a very mild calf strain in practice Thursday. Pelissero adds that Jones wants to play Sunday against the Texans, but it sounds like he’ll be a game-time decision. 
  • Jones later told reporters: “I’m confident that I can play (Sunday against Texans). I’m going to do everything in my power to play, but it’s up to the team doctors.” (Aaron Wilson)
  • Regarding LT David Bakhtiari (chest), Matt LaFleur said he will be listed as doubtful, but they will give him up to game time before making a decision. (Tom Silverstein)
  • OUT for Week 7: RB Tyler Ervin (wrist), DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder)
  • DOUBTFUL for Week 7: T David Bakhtiari (chest), CB Kevin King (quadricep), S Darnell Savage (quadricep)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 7: DE Montravius Adams (foot), RB Aaron Jones (calf), C Corey Linsley (back), LB Preston Smith (shoulder), TE Robert Tonyan (ankle)


Despite the Vikings’ season not going as planned so far, GM Rick Spielman says that the team has not lost faith in starting QB Kirk Cousins.

“You just kind of have to go back and look at the big picture,” Spielman said, via Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune. “But I don’t think anyone has lost any faith in Kirk Cousins. I expect him to come back after the bye week and play well for us. I know he’s very hard on himself. Some of the interceptions were not his fault. Some of them were poor decisions. But I don’t have any doubt that he’s going to be able to rally.”

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