NFC North News and Notes
Chicago Bears: The latest update for Jay Cutler is that he has taken off the hard cast on his left ankle and replaced it with a small brace. He has already been ruled OUT for week 12 and is unlikely for week 13. But he has the Cowboys and Eagles in the fantasy playoffs. If you have held onto him this long, you might just want to wait it out.
Detroit Lions: Detroit receiver, Nate Burleson, has been cleared for contact by doctors and is ready to assume the role as WR2 this week. He has been practicing with the first team offense this week and has a good matchup with the Buccaneers coming to town. With Calvin Johnson playing out of mind lately, Burleson should have plenty of opportunities in single coverage.
For those of you playing Brandon Pettigrew in deep leagues, it appears that he will be fine for week 12. He is getting in limited practices this week after tweaking his ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 11.
Some thought that Joique Bell might miss at least one week after suffering a foot injury against the Steelers but he was back at practice Thursday albeit in a limited fashion. If you have been trotting him out there in deep leagues, feel free to do so once more. Just don’t expect a huge game against the Buccaneers. Their run defense has been pretty solid all year ranking 9th overall.
Green Bay Packers: Scott Tolzien will make his second start for the Packers when they take on the Vikings this week. He played pretty well last week despite the 3 INTs. Overall he went 24/34 for 339 yards. The Vikings have been pretty terrible against the pass ranking 29th in the league and have also given up a league worst 23 TDs through the air. Many are expecting a nice game for Tolzien despite his inexperience.
Aaron Rodgers is hoping to make it back for week 13 but the Packers insist he must be able to practice before he can take the field. The Scott Tolzien show could be over this week.
Minnesota Vikings: Head coach Leslie Frazier has already announced that Christian Ponder will start week 12 despite his struggles last week vs Seattle. Truthfully, Ponder is the best option they have and by listing Matt Cassel as the #2 it shows what a terrible decision it was to bring in Josh Freeman. Ponder has had some success this season and I wouldn’t be shocked if he played a decent game here. The key will be how healthy Adrian Peterson is. Peterson came out this week and said that his groin is bothering him. He’s expected to play but if he can’t get loose and break tackles like we are accustomed, it could be a nightmare for Ponder. The Packers will learn quick if they have to respect the run. If they do not, Ponder will be under siege.