Hitting the NFC South links

Time for a run through the top headlines from around the NFC South.

Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton understands that Sunday’s game with Chicago has special meaning for coach Ron Rivera who previously played and coached for the Bears.

Chicago coach Lovie Smith said his decision not to renew Rivera’s contract was nothing personal. He said the Bears just wanted to move in a different direction.

The Saints shook up their practice squad a bit, bringing back defensive lineman Mitch King, who was on the regular roster for the first three games.

Former New Orleans offensive tackle Willie Roaf and former Carolina and New Orleans linebacker Sam Mills are once again on the ballot for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta safety William Moore was fined $7,500 for his hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman in Sunday’s game.