NFC South afternoon update

December, 13, 2012
12/13/12
4:45
PM ET
Lots of odds and ends have been popping up around the division this afternoon. Let’s take a quick run through them:

ATLANTA FALCONS

It’s starting to sound as if receiver Roddy White's knee injury might be a little more serious than initially thought. White missed his second straight day of practice Thursday and coach Mike Smith said the receiver’s playing status for Sunday could be a game-time decision. Go grab Harry Douglas for your fantasy team.

On the bright side, cornerback Asante Samuel, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury, said he’s ready to return.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Panthers remain pretty banged up. Running back Jonathan Stewart, receiver Brandon LaFell, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and center/guard Geoff Hangartner each missed their second practice of the week. Defensive end Charles Johnson (back) also was added to the injury report and missed Thursday’s practice.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Reported testimony from the appeals hearings said that former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wanted to stop the bounty program, but assistant head coach Joe Vitt told him not to. On Thursday, Vitt strongly disagreed with that claim. Vitt said when he was questioned about that matter during the hearings, he offered to take a lie-detector test.

The Saints continue to have issues at right tackle as Zach Strief and Charles Brown both missed another day of practice due to injuries. If they can’t play Sunday, William Robinson likely would get the start.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs are relatively healthy as they get ready to play the Saints. Cornerback LeQuan Lewis was the only player that didn’t practice fully. But Lewis did participate on a limited basis in Thursday’s practice for the first time since suffering a knee injury.

The Bucs just announced they have signed guard/tackle Derek Hardman and released guard Hayworth Hicks.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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