- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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It’s been a busy Thursday afternoon in the NFC South, with Tampa Bay trading cornerback Aqib Talib to New England, and Carolina not making any deals, despite lots of speculation. But there was some other news around the NFC South, so let’s take a quick look at some headlines and another announcement by the Buccaneers.
Coach Mike Smith said that linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game with Dallas. That’s obviously not good news, because Weatherspoon might be Atlanta’s best defensive player. The Falcons used middle linebacker Akeem Dent in Weatherspoon’s place after the injury was suffered in the win at Philadelphia. Veteran outside linebacker Mike Peterson also could get increased playing time.
Receiver Brandon LaFell, who suffered a neck injury Sunday, returned to practice Thursday. A decision on his status for the Washington game likely will be made when the Panthers see how LaFell feels after Friday’s practice. If LaFell isn’t able to go against the Redskins, that could prompt the Panthers to bring receiver David Gettis off the physically unable to perform list.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The trade deadline passed and running back Chris Ivory remains with the Saints. Ivory has been inactive for five of seven games, and previously voiced some frustration about his lack of playing time. But Ivory said Thursday he’ll continue to work hard and he believes his time will come with the Saints. That might be a little tough with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles competing for carries for a New Orleans running game that hasn't been getting a lot of use.
The Saints have brought back veteran wide receiver Greg Camarillo for another stint. The Saints previously released Camarillo twice this season.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The Bucs just announced they have promoted defensive end Aaron Morgan from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and waived defensive end George Johnson, who had appeared as a backup in five games this season. It’s pretty safe to assume the coaching staff must have seen some improvement from Morgan in recent practices and decided he brings more to the table than Johnson.