Around the NFC South


Time for a look at the top Saturday morning headlines from around the NFC South.

Atlanta defensive end Lawrence Sidbury has moved into a tie for the team lead in sacks with four, even though he is being used in a limited role in a rotation. But Sidbury’s production could lead to more playing time down the stretch. With John Abraham and Kroy Biermann approaching the end of their contracts, Sidbury also could be putting himself in a position for a bigger role next season.

New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter drew a $7,500 fine for hitting an opponent out of bounds in Monday night’s victory against the New York Giants.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are singing the praises of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. He’s been criticized and questioned elsewhere. But Haynesworth has been the model citizen since joining the Bucs three weeks ago. If Haynesworth continues to behave and play well, the Bucs will have an interesting decision to make on his future. Haynesworth didn’t cost them much this season, but his salary-cap figure jumps to over $7 million in 2012. The Bucs could release Haynesworth after this season and there would not be any cap implications for 2012.

If Carolina rookie Kealoha Pilares, who is doubtful with a quadriceps injury, can’t play Sunday the Panthers are likely to use Armanti Edwards on kickoff returns. Edwards has been handling punt returns this season.