Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

NFC North Round-Up: Brandon Hardin, Johnny Jolly, Nick Fairley

The Vikings aren’t up to much so let’s take a quick spin around the division:

The Bears finished signing their 2012 draft picks, inking safety Brandon Hardin to a 4-year deal. All six Bears draft picks are signed before the Vikings have even signed one. Not saying that means anything, just throwing it out there.

Former Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is leaving jail after receiving what is known as “shock probation.” Basically, Jolly convinced a judge that jail was too traumatic for him and he deserved early release. Jolly, who has admitted being addicted to the substance known as “purple drink,” was originally sentenced to six years after violating his probation from a drug conviction. Jolly will be on shock probation for 10 years and will have to perform 200 hours of community service.

In other substance-related news, Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been placed in the NFL’s substance abuse program after an April 3 marijuana arrest. Fairley had been scheduled to be arraigned in that case on Monday but it was pushed back so his lawyer could have more time to put a defense together.

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