Whispers from around the NFL

• Don't be surprised to see Bears Pro Bowl RS Devin Hester on offense in 2007. "That's something that I think our coaches are going to talk about at length. It wouldn't surprise me," Chicago GM Jerry Angelo said at the scouting combine.

• Vikings DE Erasmus James' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament has not gone swimmingly. Head coach Brad Childress revealed that while James is starting make strides now, the same could not be said previously. He also said that James, who sustained the injury in Week 2, had a follow-up procedure done in Denver recently and is not expected to be ready until training camp, although perhaps not at full speed.

• When asked what position groups seemed particularly deep in April's draft, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak mentioned offensive tackle and wide receiver. Perhaps it was a coincidence, but both positions are regarded as Texans needs.