Here are some whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC North:
• One of the Lions' best acquisitions this season has been bringing in special-teams ace Stefan Logan. Not only has he been an impact punt and kickoff returner, but he also has carved out a small package of offensive plays as well and has been consistently solid on punt and kick coverage. The coaches love Logan and think he might be among GM Martin Mayhew's best under-the-radar heists since Mayhew took over personnel decisions.
• The Vikings have gotten a chance to evaluate OG Chris DeGeare the past few games with Steve Hutchinson on the shelf, and they have seen that the rookie clearly needs to progress during the offseason. He hasn't played with enough power, but the team still believes that DeGeare has enough promise to compete for a starting spot at some point down the line.
• The word out of Green Bay is that two players who are not likely to return next season are veteran OL Jason Spitz and former first-round DE Justin Harrell. Spitz is no longer listed on the team depth chart as the backup at left guard to Daryn Colledge after his weak effort in place of the injured Colledge in the Week 14 loss at Detroit. Harrell has been saddled with one injury after another during his time as a Packer.
• While some were expecting him to be promoted to the first-team defense at some point this season, it doesn't appear that Bears FS Major Wright, a third-round pick, is going to crack the starting lineup in his rookie year. He showed promise before a Week Two hamstring injury set him back, forcing him to the sideline for five straight games, and he's rotated in with starting safeties Chris Harris and Danieal Manning since returning. Wright told PFW that two things he most wants to improve on are getting out of his breaks quicker and reading the eyes of quarterbacks.