Around the NFC South

December, 19, 2012
12/19/12
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Let's take a quick run through the top headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jeff Schultz revisits last season’s game between the Falcons and Lions in which defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh reportedly made some harsh comments when quarterback Matt Ryan was injured. The Falcons weren’t saying much about Suh on Tuesday, but you can bet the incident is something they’ll use as motivation.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Panthers placed guard Zack Williams on injured reserve. They now have 17 players on injured reserve. They set a franchise record last season with 18 players on injured reserve.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints placed rookie cornerback Corey White on injured reserve. White missed four of the past five games with a knee injury. The Saints filled his roster spot by promoting wide receiver Saalim Hakim from the practice squad.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

A lot of fans are questioning whether Josh Freeman is the long-term answer at quarterback. Gary Shelton writes that a lot of teams have bigger problems than Freeman at quarterback. That’s why I don’t think the Bucs are ready to give up on Freeman. At times, he has played well. At other times, he hasn’t. But there still appears to be potential there. It might be difficult for the Bucs to find a better quarterback in free agency or the draft. They need to stick with Freeman a little longer and find out exactly what they have.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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