NFC South News and Rumors
Falcons rookie tackle Jake Matthews was forced to the sideline for the team’s loss to the Bengals last Sunday because of a sprained ankle and the prospect of another missed game loomed with Atlanta scheduled to face the Buccaneers this Thursday. Matthew…Upvote Share Tweet
Colston's shutout both rare and normalESPN.com 4 hours agoMETAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t seem too surprised or concerned over the fact that receiver Marques Colston was held without a catch for the first time in 87 games played during Sunday’s 26-24 loss at the Cleveland Browns. A…Upvote Share TweetAs the Panthers struggle with the question of whether to let defensive end Greg Hardy play in the wake of a judge’s finding that he committed domestic violence, the Panthers may soon be off the hook. Per a league source, the NFL could soon be intervenin…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 5 hours agoIt’s two weeks into the season and the Lions have already lost two nickel cornerbacks. Nevin Lawson, who stepped in for Bill Bentley after Bentley tore his ACL, had surgery on dislocated toes in Charlotte after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers and coach Ji…Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs' offensive line improvingESPN.com 6 hours agoTAMPA, Fla. -- On Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith realized it had been several days since he had fielded a media question about the offensive line. “I think just about every time I’ve come in here someone has asked about the offensive lin…Upvote Share Tweet
Sagarin ratings have Saints at No. 6 in NFL; simulation stays with 9-7 record even after opening stumblesnola.com 16 hours agoThe simulation continues to predict a tight three-way race for the NFC South title, which means all three teams have a slim margin for error if they want to make the playoffs.Upvote Share TweetThe Vikings said the star running back, who faces child abuse charges in Texas, would participate in practices and meetings this week.Upvote Share TweetOne day after several Falcons offensive players complained Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap delivered a "cheap shot" on Matt Ryan, two of Dunlap's coaches came to his defense Monday saying they didn't think there was anything wrong with it.Upvote Share TweetCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers expect all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams to return to practice on Wednesday and be ready for Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh. Williams missed Sunday's 24-7 victory against Detroit that improved Car…Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs promote LB Brandon MageeTAMPA, Fla. -- In what could be a sign that middle linebacker Mason Foster may miss some playing time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a linebacker Monday afternoon. Brandon Magee was promoted from the practice squad. Magee appeared in eight games for th…Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Bucs' Foster dislocates shoulderTampa Bay Buccaneers starting linebacker Mason Foster suffered a dislocated shoulder during Sunday's loss to the visiting St. Louis Rams, a source confirmed.Upvote Share TweetTAMPA, Fla. -- When a football team is losing, the easy scapegoats are the quarterback and the head coach. Josh McCown and Lovie Smith have been getting their share of the blame during Tampa Bay's 0-2 start. But Smith pointed the finger in another direc…Upvote Share Tweet
Kalil focused on 'business' not controversyESPN.com 21 hours agoCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Kalil brothers could share some interesting stories about handling adversity with everything that's going on with their respective teams. If they wanted to, that is. Ryan Kalil is the starting center for the Carolina Panthers, who…Upvote Share Tweet
McCoy highlights hypothetical injury reportESPN.com 21 hours agoTAMPA, Fla. -- One of the stranger quirks in the NFL is the injury report for a Thursday night game. Teams are required to put out an injury report on Monday. But that report generally is hypothetical because teams usually don’t practice on Mondays. So …Upvote Share Tweet
Marvin Lewis: A.J. Green doesn’t have long-term injuryprofootballtalk.com 21 hours agoThe Bengals improved to 2-0 on Sunday, but saw a player integral to their chances of continuing a winning streak leave the game with a foot injury. Wide receiver A.J. Green suffered what is believed to be a strained ligament in his foot early in the Ben…Upvote Share TweetA weekly look at what the Carolina Panthers must fix: Running game: Of the 19 rushes by a running back, 11 were for 1 yard or less. Seven of those went for negative yards. I know leading rusher DeAngelo Williams was out with a thigh injury, but even aga…Upvote Share TweetA weekly look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must fix: Back in the offseason, there was a lot of talk about how the Buccaneers could use the size of their receiving crew to create all sorts of matchup advantages. But that hasn’t materialized so far, a…Upvote Share TweetMETAIRIE, La. -- A weekly look at what the New Orleans Saints must fix: The Saints have had a handful of costly errors from every unit during their 0-2 start. The one common bond: They have to be smarter in their home debut Sunday against the Minnesota …Upvote Share TweetA weekly look at what the Falcons must fix: The Atlanta Falcons have to be more physical on both the offensive and defensive lines as they prepare for Thursday night's quick turnaround game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On offense, right tackle Lama…Upvote Share TweetMETAIRIE, La. -- Two thoughts immediately spring to mind following the news that New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will be out for at least a month with a broken hand: The negative: Geez, it sure feels like the Saints are in "anything tha…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Sep 15 (yesterday)The Buccaneers didn’t get an opportunity to try a game-winning field goal against the Rams on Sunday because of a 10-second runoff resulting from a player injury occurring when Tampa lacked time outs. The rule, aimed at avoiding the fabrication of offen…Upvote Share Tweet
Teams With Unexpected StartsSep 16Herm Edwards and Brian Dawkins discuss which of the NFL's 0-2 teams have the best chance to make the playoffs and whether the Bills and Texans can continue their winning ways.
Chances Greg Hardy Plays This WeekSep 16ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder discusses the situation facing DE Greg Hardy, who was deactivated for the Panthers' Week 2 game against the Lions.
Conversation With NFLPA Executive George AtallahSep 15The NFLPA's George Atallah talks with Bob Ley about the union's stance on player discipline and players rights versus the public image of the league.
Saints RB Ingram Out With Injured HandSep 15Mike Triplett discusses who the Saints will need to handle extra rushing attempts over the next month while RB Mark Ingram recovers from a hand injury.
Taking Down the BestSep 16Read Peter King’s On Further Review column: ‘Football is Full of Heart’ One minute, Devon Still was preparing for his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recital. The next, the Bengals defensive tackle was at a hospital, learning that she had cancer. Here is th…
The Week 2 MailbagSep 16This season, The MMQB is separating Peter King’s Tuesday content into two columns—On Further Review, which usually will look at a understated but important factor or team from the weekend’s games, and the Tuesday Mailbag, where reader emails will be ans…
‘Football is Full of Heart’Sep 16The Leah Still story has come close to capturing the nation. At least the sporting nation, at a time when football desperately needs some small bit of good news. Leah, 4, is three-and-a-half months into her life-or-death fight with pediatric cancer—neur…
Should We Still Like Football?Sep 15So, should we still like football? I’ve asked myself that a few times over the past week. I think we all have. And what I’ve come to think is this: It’s a personal decision. I can’t tell you to feel better about the gutter the NFL has fallen into, or to…