NFC North Hot News

Decimated by injuries in their receiving core, Green Bay turned to a familiar face, while the Lions and Vikings are both coming off big wins in Week 1.

Hot News updates from LionsFans.com, PackerReport.com and VikingUpdate.com.

Green Bay Packers Familiar Face
With three injured receivers the Packers signed Antonio Freeman to a one-year deal.

Freeman said that he spent a sleepless night pondering how he would fit in back where he played seven of his eight pro seasons.

"For the first time in my life, I was confused," Freeman said. "I never envisioned myself coming back."

Then he summed up the situation:

"We need each other right now." Another WR suffering
Green Bay Packers backup WR Karsten Bailey (hamstring) injured in the team's loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings and is day-to-day.

One less target for Pack
Green Bay Packers starting WR Donald Driver injured his neck during Sunday's loss to the Vikings and couldn't finish the game. His status is being called week-to-week.

Fate should be known today
Green Bay Packers starting WR Robert Ferguson injured his knee and ankle as well and wasn't able to finish the game. Head coach Mike Sherman said the ankle injury is more of a concern than the knee injury at this point. Ferguson will be re-evaluated today.

Detroit Lions Returns pick for TD
In his first game with the Detroit Lions, Dre Bly returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and recorded six tackles in the Lions' 42-24 win over Arizona yesterday.

Depth added in the defensive backfield
The Detroit Lions have signed veteran cornerback Alex Molden.

ns Hot News Making his mark early and often
WR Charles Rogers made a little history for the Lions by scoring touchdowns on the first two receptions of his NFL career and -- perhaps more important -- gave warning that he gives the Lions a big-play weapon they've sought since the retirement of RB Barry Sanders.

Flourishes in Mooch's system
QB Joey Harrington has the look of a quarterback in the process of making a big step forward in his second year in the NFL. Although he had a very average preseason, he was accurate and calm under fire, picking up his second, third and fourth receivers, and finishing with four TD passes, no interceptions and a 116.0 passer rating.

News Likely to be re-signed to practice squad if not claimed
Danny "Blue" Adams was released to make room for former New York Giants fourth round pick Rod Babers. Adams, who was inactive in Detroit's 44-28 win over Arizona will likely be signed to practice squad if he isn't claimed

Minnesota Vikings Bad timing for improving defense
Minnesota Vikings SS Corey Chavous suffered a sprained right MCL and had an MRI on Monday. Chavous will be held out of practice and re-evaluated later in the week, but indications are that he will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Offord gets another opportunity?
Willie Offord is expected to start in place of injured Corey Chavous (knee) Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

No toe will stop Irvin
Minnesota Vikings CB Ken Irvin played with a dislocated big toe in the team's win against the Green Bay Packers. Irvin is expected to practice with the team this week and play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

He's back
Strong safety Ron Israel, who didn't make the final cuts, was brought back because SS Corey Chavous (sprained knee) isn't expected to play this week.

Added to Vikings practice squad
Cornerback Jermaine Mays was added to the practice squad for secondary depth. Mays was moved to cornerback from wide receiver during training camp, then released in the final week of camp.

Loses in numbers game
Defensive tackle Colin Cole, who made the Vikings as an undrafted free agent, was released to make room for SS Ron Israel.

Released, but maybe only temporarily
Wide receiver Ben Nelson was released from the practice squad, but could return in a couple of weeks if the Vikings' injury situation on defense gets better.


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