Around the NFC South

September, 27, 2011
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Let's take a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

The Panthers got some good news on the injury front. Safety Charles Godfrey and cornerback Chris Gamble have been cleared to return to practice Wednesday.

Although DeAngelo Williams has rushed for just 61 yards through three games, he will remain as Carolina’s starting running back. Coach Ron Rivera said Williams’ lack of production is because he hasn’t had holes to run through.

The Buccaneers still are waiting for full results from tests on the knee of safety Cody Grimm. Coach Raheem Morris said there definitely is damage to the MCL and there could be other issues. It sounds like the Bucs are expecting to be without Grimm for an extended period and they likely will turn to Corey Lynch to take his place.

Atlanta free safety Thomas DeCoud was back in the starting lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay after being benched in favor of veteran James Sanders in Week 2. DeCoud had an interception against the Bucs. But there are no guarantees. The Falcons are treating this as a weekly competition between DeCoud and Sanders and whichever one practices better during the week will get to start.

When the Saints made their game-winning drive Sunday, coach Sean Payton wasn’t calling the plays. That job fell to quarterback Drew Brees as the Saints went to the no-huddle offense. Brees made the calls on the field and the Saints marched 93 yards for a touchdown.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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