Why did coach Lovie Smith give the Bears a day off from a normal practice? Could be that his team wouldve had to play eight-man football for the day.
Not practicing on Wednesday were receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), linebackers Lance Briggs (kneehip), Geno Hayes (knee) and Brian Urlacher (hamstring), running back Michael Bush (ribs), quarterback Jay Cutler (neck), tight end Kellen Davis (knee), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), defensive linemen Shea McClellin (knee) and Henry Melton (chest), and tackle Jonathan Scott (shoulder).
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Briggs was on the injury report pre-Seattle, missing practice with an ankle injury in the first Minnesota game.
The Green Bay Packers, wracked by injuries this season, were without safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) and cornerback Davon House (ill); wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee).
Ironically, the injury problems in Green Bay have given the Packers a booster shot in their player-development plan.
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We wanted to play more players earlier than we have in the past and that was a focus coming into the season, said Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy. But with the injuries it obviously happened earlier than we may have liked but its been good for our guys because I feel were a more well rounded football team because of it.
The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.
It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.
Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.
As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
6'2" | 226 lbs.
2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD
"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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