NFC South afternoon update
August, 5, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Before I head off to the airport to fly to New Orleans for my visit with the Saints, let’s check in on the top headlines from around the division.
- Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn (groin injury) tried to return to practice Monday, but that didn’t last long. Clayborn still was experiencing problems and stopped practicing. Kicker Lawrence Tynes (toe) continues to be held out of practice. Tight end Luke Stocker (calf) was taking off the physically unable to perform list, but is being brought along slowly.
- Gil Arcia reports the NFL still is reviewing the incident in which Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was charged with carrying a gun at an airport in New York during the offseason. Bowers pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, but still could face NFL discipline under the league’s personal conduct penalty. I’m thinking a suspension is a long shot, but a fine is a possibility.
- Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis took the next step on his road back from knee surgery.
- Former Saints and Falcons kicker Morten Andersen will be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
- The Saints announced that three practices that had been scheduled to be open to the public now will be closed. That means the Saints have only five more camp practices that are open to the public.
- NFL officiating crews have been told to start calling taunting penalties on players who spin the ball in the vicinity of opponents. That could present a problem for Carolina receiver Steve Smith, who has made spinning the ball one of his trademarks. But Smith said he’s working on ways to make sure he stays within the rules.