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Hitting the NFC South links

Time for a morning run through the headlines around the NFC South.

With the lockout still dragging on, the Saints and Texans have called off three days of planned practices before a scheduled Aug. 20 preseason game. The two teams had practiced together before preseason games the last three summers. I’m hearing there’s still a chance the Falcons and Jaguars will work out together for several days before their Aug. 19 preseason game in Jacksonville.

D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that the lockout could stunt the growth of rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers. I think you could make that argument about any rookie this year. But Rodgers didn’t even attend the Falcons’ players-only workouts because he was still in school at Oregon State. I wouldn’t expect an immediate impact out of Rodgers this season. Then again, I wouldn’t expect him to be an instant factor in a normal year. He was a fifth-round pick for a reason.

Tight end Dante Rosario, who is likely to be an unrestricted free agent, said there’s a good chance he’ll stay with the Carolina Panthers.

Although several teams around the league have announced they’ll switch training camps to their regular-season practice facilities, plans continue to move forward for the Carolina Panthers to train at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Unless the start of camp is pushed back to a time when Wofford’s students will be returning to campus, I’d expect the Panthers will stay at the place that’s been their training camp home since 1995. It’s the alma mater of owner Jerry Richardson and he likes to keep a presence in South Carolina because he believes the Panthers represent both Carolinas.