Perhaps the biggest name in North news Tuesday was Minnesota running back Michael Bennett. The Vikings placed Bennett on the physically unable to perform list with a stress fracture in his foot. The third-year pro cannot return before week 7, and if tests reveal that more serious surgery is required, he could be lost for the season.
Bennett - the nephew of former Packer Tony Bennett and a UW product and native of Milwaukee - never had a sub-100-yard game against the Pack, although he was shut out of the end zone in his three meeting with Green Bay over the past two season. Bennett rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries in the Vikings' 31-21 win in the Metrodome Nov. 17, 2002, and followed that up with a 120 yard-performance Dec. 8 2002 in Green Bay's 26-22 win. He tallied 104 yards on 25 carries vs. the Packers' Dec. 30, 2001 in the Packers' 24-13 win at Lambeau Field.
The Vikings also put wide
receiver Nick Davis on the physically-unable-to-perform list and waived quarterback Juston Wood, offensive linemen Robbie Doanea nd Michael Early, tight end Matt Huebner, punter Nick Murphy,
kicker Todd France, defensive end Andrew Tippins, defensive tackle LaWaylon Brown, linebacker Jarrod Penright and cornerbacks Jermaine Mays and Willie Miles.
The Chicago Bears waived wide receiver Jamin Elliott and safety
Julius Curry Tuesday in their final cuts of this round. Monday, Chicago released tackles Pete Lougheed and Tim Vincent, tight end Mobolaji Afariogun, punter Brooks Barnard, center Carson Dach, kicker Pat Dunne, cornerback Eric Joyce, linebacker Jerry Schumacher, guard Jamil Soriano
and fullback Casey Urlacher, brother of star linebacker Brian Urlacher. The Bearsalso waived defensive tackle Ernest Grant; and placed tight end John Davis on the physically unable to perform list.
Detroit released quarterback Curt Anes, fullback
Brandon Drumm, wide receiver Scottie Vines, guard David Miller, defensive end Anthony Herron and defensive tackle Shawn Price Tuesday. The Lions on Monday reeased wide receiver Travis Anglin, running back Luke Staley, linebacker Ken Philpot and guard Zach Wilson. Detroit placed cornerback Chris Cash on injured reserve and running back
Artose Pinner on the reserve-non football injury list, then removed defensive end Kalimba Edwards from the physically unable to perform list.
Meanwhile, a couple of former Packers were on the transactions list Tuesday:
The Miami Dolphins moved defensive end David Bowens, who played for the Packers in 2000, from the active-non-football injury list to the reserve-non-football injury list
and the San Diego Chargers placed linebacker Jude Waddy ('98-'99)on injured reserve.