A look at the morning's top headlines from around the NFC South.
Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is off to a slow start and the Panthers don’t want to be the team that helps him get hot. That’s a legitimate concern, because Carolina’s run defense has struggled all season.
The Falcons have 20 players who are in the last year of their contract. The list includes veterans like Tony Gonzalez, Todd McClure and John Abraham. Retirement is an option for any of those three. But the Falcons might try to lock up some of their younger players with extensions before the season ends. Linebacker Curtis Lofton, cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Thomas DeCoud lead the list of young players that the Falcons likely want to keep around.