- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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It is starting off as a very quiet morning in the NFC South. But all that could change as the Thursday afternoon trade deadline approaches. Stay tuned on that. Meantime, let's take a quick run through the morning headlines.
At 34, defensive end John Abraham is turning in another solid season. John Manasso writes how Abraham came close to leaving as a free agent in the offseason. Abraham ended up staying in large part because the Falcons hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator. As a rookie with the Jets, Abraham played for Nolan.
Brandon LaFell missed Wednesday’s practice with a sore neck, but coach Ron Rivera said he’s optimistic the receiver will be able to play Sunday against Washington. That would be a good thing because, other than Louis Murphy, the Panthers don’t have much depth at receiver.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
In his weekly film study, Mike Triplett writes that the New Orleans defense got outplayed and outsmarted by Denver. That’s pretty much been the story of the Saints’ season.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Rick Stroud writes about how Erik Lorig, who was a defensive end in college, has found a home at fullback. Lorig’s done a nice job blocking for rookie tailback Doug Martin and also has become a factor in the passing game.