Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Here's a look at the day's headlines around the NFC South.
Receiver Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Here's the full rundown on the injury situation. Coach Sean Payton told the Carolina media in a conference call that Shockey and Colston were close to being able to play last week, but Sunday's game in Charlotte has been the target for both players.
Receiver D.J. Hackett was the only player who didn't practice -- at least to some degree -- Wednesday. Offensive linemen Jeff Otah and Ryan Kalil, who missed Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay, were among those practicing on a limited basis.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger compared rookie quarterback Matt Ryan to Peyton Manning, in terms of poise and confidence. I agree with Baldinger, in that regard, but think it's a little too early to begin comparing Ryan overall to one of the all-time greats after only six games. Then again, Ryan and the Falcons are 4-2. Manning and the Colts went 3-13 in his rookie season (1998).
Receiver Joey Galloway at least got some limited practice in. Fullback B.J. Askew again was held out of practice and with Byron Storer out for the season, the Bucs signed fullback Jameel Cook. He's been with the Bucs previously and knows the system, so it wouldn't be a stretch to look for him to start Sunday against Seattle. That would allow the Bucs to move Earnest Graham, who filled in last week, to move back to tailback.