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By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 11, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m. ET

Here are a few of the whispers we've heard around the NFC North the past few days:

• Word has it that a few Packers players were disappointed the team did not make a deal with Buffalo for RB Marshawn Lynch, who sources say could have been wearing green and gold if GM Ted Thompson would have been willing to give up a third-round pick. But we hear Thompson never considered that option, even though it's likely the Packers will be getting a third- or fourth-round compensatory draft choice as a result of losing DE Aaron Kampman in free agency.

• The Vikings are concerned about center. John Sullivan has been bothered by a calf injury and might not play in Week Five. In fact, we hear it might be one of these injuries that continue to linger. Ryan Cook is the backup center, but he is only an adequate replacement. If Sullivan were to miss an extended period, the team would have to scour the market for an out-of-work center to add to the roster. Quality pivots are hard to find.

• The Lions know that CB Alphonso Smith is not fully developed yet, but they love his nose for the ball, which is why he has gone from Broncos castoff to starter in Detroit in relatively short order. That said, another reason why he has replaced Jonathan Wade is that Wade has struggled thus far and the Lions have few other quality options. The hope is that Smith can learn on the job with the added responsibilities and not get too down when he hits a tough patch. And he will.

• Some in Chicago are beginning to question the Bears' decision to draft DE Corey Wootton. The team's fourth-round pick this year, Wootton had been a healthy scratch from every game this season before being activated for the Week Five game at Carolina (he recorded an assist). The Bears didn't show much confidence in him, either, by signing DE Charles Grant after they cut DE Mark Anderson on Oct. 5.

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