NFC North Training Camp Tidbits

Heading into the first weekend of pre-season games for the majority of the teams, we take a quick look at what is happening in team training camps across the league.

In Chicago, now that rookie defensive end Michael Haynes is almost recovered from a sprained ankle, he is regaining his quickness and explosiveness and could begin to push for a starting role. Rookie quarterback Rex Grossman, listed third on the team depth chart has been a quick study and is getting an increased number of reps in training camp. The Bears do not want to rush Grossman, but he has been as efficient as starter Kordell Stewart and Chris Chandler throughout camp. Running back Adrian Peterson is pushing starter Anthony Thomas for playing time and many believe that Peterson is beating Thomas out for the starting role. Peterson adds a dimension of quickness and the ability to be a threat out of the backfield in the passing game..........
In Detroit, rookie wide receiver Charles Rogers has had the stitches removed from his finger and has indicated to head coach Steve Mariucci that he would like to play in the Lions pre-season contest against the Steelers Saturday evening. Running back Shawn Bryson has looked good in practice since returning from the PUP list, but is not ready for game action. Rookie second-round draft pick Boss Bailey is having a good training camp and is in position to gain the starting strong-side linebacker spot. Safety Corey Harris is expected to remain on the PUP list with a strained groin for another week to 10-days.
In Green Bay, second-year wide receiver Javon Walker is improving from a sprained ankle and could play if the team were playing a regular season game. The Packers are taking a cautious approach with Walker as he is the favorite to be the number-two receiver in the Green Bay offense behind Donald Driver. Speaking of Driver, he is expected to start practicing with the team in a limited capacity by the middle of next week. Newly signed tight-end Wesley Walls is fitting right in and is contributing immediately. Appearing healthy, Walls can become a viable option in the Green Bay offensive scheme.
In Minnesota, the Vikings have a serious dilemma brewing at the tight-end and running back positions. The Vikings are reporting that tight-end Jim Kleinsasser will be out of action for two-weeks with an injury to his plantar fascia. Indications are that Kleinsasser is expected to be out much longer and the two-week time-table mentioned the team is a sign of 'wishful thinking'. Chris Claiborne, a free agent acquisition of the Vikings is having a solid training camp and the team has high expectations for the gifted linebacker. Speaking of linebackers, rookie E.J. Henderson is having a tremendous camp and is being considered a steal by the team as a second-round draft choice.

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