Around the NFC South

September, 10, 2011
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CHICAGO -- As the Falcons, Panthers and Buccaneers get ready for Sunday's season openers, let's take a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers continue to take care of their own. Safety Charles Godfrey reportedly has agreed to a contract extension.

Although a lot of wide receivers are individualists, Atlanta rookie Julio Jones is a team player, according to quarterback Matt Ryan.

Atlanta running back Michael Turner grew up in the Chicago area and has been in the league for eight years. But he’ll play at Soldier Field for the first time Sunday.

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank said he would like to see his team go deep into the playoffs. The team’s yet to win a playoff game under coach Mike Smith and, after offseason moves to get Jones and defensive end Ray Edwards, the pressure is on.

Marques Colston’s broken collarbone leaves the Saints without their top receiver for at least four weeks. The Saints were without Lance Moore (groin) for the opener and it’s unknown if Moore will be able to play next week against the Bears. If Moore is out again, the Saints suddenly would be very thin at receiver. They’d have Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. But, after that, they’d have only Courtney Roby and Adrian Arrington. Roby primarily is a return man and Arrington is very inexperienced.

Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer referred to Lee Roy Selmon as a “gentle giant’’ and a "Tampa Bay treasure'' during Friday’s memorial service for the Tampa Bay Hall of Famer.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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