I just arrived back at NFC South Blog headquarters. There’s a lot of day-after-the-game news to catch up on in the division.
The Buccaneers suddenly have some significant injury issues. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered an ankle injury and coach Raheem Morris said he’s “week to week." Running back LeGarrette Blount also has a leg injury. Morris said he’ll know more on Blount’s condition later in the week. With McCoy probably out for a week or two, the Bucs still have Brian Price and Roy Miller, but Morris said rookie defensive end Da’Quan Bowers may move into the rotation on the inside. The Bucs aren’t as deep at running back and that could present problems if Blount can’t play. Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin have shared backup duties and rookie Allen Bradford also could be in the mix.
Carolina’s already-battered linebacker corps took another hit. Coach Ron Rivera said Omar Gaither has an MCL sprain and a bone bruise and could be out two to four weeks. The Panthers already lost Thomas Davis and Jon Beason to season-ending injuries.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton said the Saints came out of Sunday’s game relatively healthy.
The Falcons are pretty beat up after their Sunday night loss to Green Bay. Receiver Julio Jones (hamstring), safety William Moore (shoulder) cornerback Christopher Owens (head) and guard Garrett Reynolds (ankle) are among the injured. Coach Mike Smith wouldn’t go into detail about any of the injuries and said he’d have more information Wednesday.