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Friday odds and ends

The Brett Favre saga continues to churn with ESPN now reporting that x-rays of Favre's injured shoulder have been sent to Minnesota and Favre will return next season as long as he doesn't need major surgery. Can't say that comes as a big surprise to anyone who follows the NFL, but this might: The NFC North is now the best division for quarterbacks in the NFL.

Including Favre, the old black and blue division has gone glam with Jay Cutler in Chicago, Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford in Detroit. Stafford probably won't start from the get, and both Rodgers and Cutler had their struggles last year, but no other division moves the meter under center like the north – even without a singular talent like Tom Brady.

The AFC North is No. 2 in my book with Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco and Brady Quinn running their respective teams. Interestingly enough, the divisions cross over this year.

Two other Lions notes of interest. First, if you didn't see it already, running back Kevin Smith blogged earlier this week that the Lions “will definitely make the playoffs this year.” Smith is one of the best personalities in the locker room and I don't mind his confidence, but he better be ready for some Jon Kitna jokes over the next few months. His blog, if you're interested, is

Finally, the Lions made a minor roster move today, releasing middle linebacker Chris Graham and signing another receiver, Tommy Saunders, who caught 72 passes last year for Missouri.

Update: The Lions also signed Florida State running back Antone Smith to a three-year contract. Smith, a tryout player at last week's rookie orientation, impressed coaches with his speed.

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Blogger Matthaios said...

That would be rather interesting if Daunte Culpepper and Brett Favre were both starting for teams in the NFC North again, that weren't their original NFC North teams.

And I do enjoy Kevin Smith's guarantee. I guess since Jon Kitna's not here anymore somebody's gotta go out on a limb with season predictions!

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Anonymous dave in windsor said...

hi dave.. such a sad story about grady jackson's brother javorris .. i read some background info on him and he sounded like a guy who was on his way to capping off an amazing comeback story (with a possible nfl tryout, etc) .. so sad to see it all thrown away and the loss of what sounded like an amazing young woman with the world at her fingertips (just like he did).. my heart and prayers go out to the families - as sad as it is, i hope more info comes out about this so people can learn what really happened.. guy went from an NFL physical on friday with the lions in prep for a tryout to being charged with murder on sunday night and laying in a hospital bed. unbelievable.

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