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Quick trip around the NFC South

8/24/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

I'm spending much of Monday working on stuff for our upcoming season preview package, but wanted to take a quick break to bring you up to date on some of the headlines of the day around the NFC South.

The Bucs have a contract agreement with a linebacker whose last name is Ruud. But it's not starting middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, who is long overdue for a contract extension. It's his younger brother, Bo, who was added to the roster as the Bucs placed Angelo Crowell on the injured-reserve list.

This is when coach John Fox's habit of saying all injured players are "day-to-day'' gets really annoying. The Panthers have two injuries that are potentially big with safety Charles Godfrey having surgery on a broken hand and middle linebacker Jon Beason having something wrong with his knee. But Fox isn't providing any details on either injury. All indications are Beason may miss the rest of the preseason, but the Panthers are hoping he'll be ready for the regular season. Same for Godfrey.

Atlanta cornerback Chris Houston returned to practice Monday. Houston had been out since suffering an injury in the preseason opener.

Sounds like a slow news day in New Orleans, where coach Sean Payton has done some tinkering with the practice schedule.

This just in: The Saints still haven't signed linebacker Derrick Brooks. In other Brooks news, there remains absolutely zero chance of him coming back to the Bucs.