Chicago Bears Signs Larry Grant And Terrence Toliver

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

The Chicago Bears are back at it after a week off, and have three new faces joining them. A linebacker, a receiver, and a quarterback.

With starting linebacker Lance Briggs expected to miss about a month with his shoulder injury, the Chicago Bears have signed linebacker Larry Grant.

Grant, a five year pro with 11 starts under his belt, has primarily been a core special teamer. With Either Blake Costanzo or rookie Khaseem Greene expected to receive the start in Briggs’ place, Grant will pick up the 3rd phase slack. With 93 tackles in his 66 career games, Grant will bring some experience to the Bears linebacker depth.

The Bears will welcome Jordan Palmer back to practice today. Palmer was signed last week to fill in as the #2 quarterback while Jay Cutler recovers from his torn groin. Palmer will back up Josh McCown for the foreseeable future, and the Bears have no plans to add a 3rd QB to the mix. The Bears, to make room for Grant and Palmer, released tight end Steve Maneri and corner C.J. Wilson.

Also new to today’s practice is wide receiver Terrence Toliver who was added to the practice squad. To make room for Toliver the Bears released Ricardo Lockette.

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Minnesota Vikings: We Know Who Isn’t Starting At Quarterback

Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier, watching Matt Cassel, is reticent about his QB situation. Photo: Matt Dunham, Associated Press

Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier, watching Matt Cassel, is reticent about his QB situation. Photo: Matt Dunham, Associated Press

At the present time, we don’t know who exactly who will be starting at quarterback for the Vikings when they travel to Jerryworld this Sunday to take on the Dallas Cowboys. We do know however,who is won’t be starting.

At Tuesdays press conference, Leslie Frazier announced that quarterback Matt Cassel would not be the team’s starting quarterback this Sunday.

“I don’t want to discount Matt [Cassel], but Christian [Ponder] did some good things in that ballgame. There were some things he could obviously do better, but that has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past,” Frazier said. “Josh [Freeman], we brought him here to evaluate him and determine whether he could be a guy that could be a potential player for us in the future.”

“That’s what goes into trying to evaluate the both of them.”

Personally, this is quiet a shock. When I first heard about this, I was certain that it would be Christian Ponder who’d be the odd man out. This is, as we say, a charlie foxtrot of the first degree, and will likely continue to be throughout the rest of the season. There’s no way for this team to really start fresh until 2014, so strap in folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Detroit Lions Confirm Ryan Broyles Out For The Season

Ryan Broyles, AP photo

Ryan Broyles, AP photo

After  an amazing last-second win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Lions have said that wide receiver Ryan Broyles  has been lost for the season due to a torn Achilles.

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed the diagnosis during a press conference on Monday, which means that Broyles has seen each of the last three seasons end due of injury. Those  were torn ACLs, one in each knee, and now he’ll spend another offseason rehabbing furiously in order to be ready to resume his career.

Broyles’ loss leaves the Lions very short on wide receivers (as if they weren’t short in this position as it were) not named Calvin Johnson. Given Johnson’s productivity, things could be a lot worse, but Detroit will need to find some other options beyond Kris Durham in the coming weeks.

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Minnesota Vikings Jersey Starts to look Like The Cleveland Browns

We’ve all seen now famous Cleveland Browns quarterback jersey, which to be honest, is quite a spectacle, showcasing the Browns last 20 starting quarterbacks, and it gets updated with very new gunslinger the team puts under center.

Now, the Vikings’ QB situation has become so disastrous that they have followed suit with a makeshift jersey of their own. However, this one only comes with half as many names (11, if you count Ponder as two).

Probably by the end of the season, they might have to update that jersey yet again, as I see them drafting or at least signing a free agent quarterback. It looks like Christain Ponders time is up in Minnesota.

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Poll: Who Should The Chicago Bears Start As Quarterback

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

After Jay Cutler went down against the Washington Redskins in week 7, we saw Josh McCown take over the reigns as a battered Bears offence and Defense tried to win a close game as they lost 45-41.

Coming into week 9, and the first game for the Bears without Jay Cutler, who should start for the Bears against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Nigh.

Minnesota Vikings Jared Allen Could Be Traded By Tuesday

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen reacts on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen reacts on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Chock up another high caliber player to the list of players who could be on the move by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Vikings defensive end Jared Allen could possibly be traded “for the right price.”

While that sentence generally applies to most players on the block , there’s reason to believe it particularly applies to the likes of Allen.  He’ll be in the  the final year of a contract that pays him a base salary of around $14.2 million, which means that he’ll be due $7.5 million over the rest of the year.

Glazer says the “right price” is more than just a third-round pick, which could be more than a team would be willing to pay a guy in the final year in his contract, unless a new deal would be incorporated into the deal.

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Chicago Bears take a look at some linebackers

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

The Bears will be with out the service of linebacker, Lance Briggs for at least 4-6 weeks, which means it’s time the Bears to find someone to fill out the depth cart during his time of absence.

Chicago worked out several linebackers on Friday in hopes of landing a roster spot. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Larry Grant, Brian Rolle and Julian Stanford were some of the key players being worked out by the Bears. Grant, who served a four-game suspension to start the year, is the most experience of the group, while Rolle was a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011.

The Bears have an open roster spot, although, per Biggs, they may have wait until Monday to  officially add anyone to the roster due to salary cap concerns.

Chicago also took a look at a few wide receivers, including 2012 Cowboys sixth-rounder Danny Coale, on Friday. Chicago dropped Ricardo Lockette from their practice squad this week, which may signal where they’d be looking to stash anyone they sign.

Former Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka was also in, although it appears he was simply there to throw to the receivers rather than vie for a spot in the temporarily Jay Cutler-less quarterback room.

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Green Bay Packers James Starks And Eddie Lacy To Share Time In Green Bay Backfield

Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy is helped off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Green Bay Packers’ Eddie Lacy is helped off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

With Packers running backs James Starks and Eddie Lacy finally healthy at the same time, both guys will be playing.

Even though the carries will be shared, Lacy is expected to remain the No. 1 guy.

“Eddie is running the ball well right now,” running backs coach Alex Van Pelt recently said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  “I’m just trying to take some of the load off of Eddie and split up the remaining reps between Johnathan [Franklin] and James, because James and Johnathan still bring some unique abilities to the run game.”

“It’s a good problem.  It’s been awhile.  I like having three backs dressed up.”

Of course, it’s just a matter of time before one of the three running backs is injured again, considering the Packers luck.  Until that time, the goal will be to find a way to make each of them happy — and also to recognize which guy has the hot hand in any given game.  Though Lacy is a rookie from Alabama,  he’s played well. Starks was off to a great start before injuring his knee against the Bengals.

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Minnesota Vikings add Chase Ford from practice squad

Miami linebacker Gionni Paul (36) and tight end Chase Ford (9) walk off the field following their NCAA college football game against Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 23-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Miami linebacker Gionni Paul (36) and tight end Chase Ford (9) walk off the field following their NCAA college football game against Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 23-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

The Minnesota Vikings have  promoted their  first-year tight end, Chase Ford from their practice squad this Saturday.

This move gives Minnesota three healthy tight ends for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay with reserve Rhett Ellison(ankle) ruled out for Week Eight. Ford, who has been on the practice squad all season, provides depth behind Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson.

The 23-year-old Ford has had stints on the Cowboys’ and Eagles’ practice squads. He is a Miami (Fla.) product.

In a corresponding transaction, the Vikings waived defensive end Justin Trattou.

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Minnesota Vikings Josh Freeman Expected to Practice Friday, But Won’t Dress Sunday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Julio Cortez, AP

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Julio Cortez, AP

So we all know that Christian Ponder will probably be the starting quarterback for the Vikings this Sunday. So why is Josh Freeman possibly going to practice this Friday.

After being diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday, and continuing to struggle with symptoms from the effects, why is he being cleared to possible practice this week.

Head  Coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that Freeman could return to practice on Friday, but that Freeman won’t dress on Sunday.

It’s not a shock.  With a concussion suffered on Monday night and with Freeman missing practices at a time when he definitely needs to practice, it makes no sense for him to play. If the Vikings plan to have him as a quarterback of the future, they should keep him out of practice until next week to play it safe.

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