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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time for a morning trip through the headlines across the NFC South.

Stephen Holder ponders the future of center Jeff Faine with the Buccaneers. It’s a very valid question. Faine is 30 and he’s missed a lot of time with injuries the past two seasons. With some young linemen showing promise, Faine might not fit into Tampa Bay’s youth movement.

The Bucs signed the eight guys on their practice squad to futures contracts.

The Panthers reportedly have asked for permission to interview San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. They also are expected to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera in the near future.

Jeff Duncan has his weekly film review on the Saints and attributes their loss to the Buccaneers to some bad breaks, injuries and a few questionable calls by the officials.

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. Vilma initially was a first alternate, but an injury to San Francisco’s Patrick Willis cleared a roster spot.

D. Orlando Ledbetter has a list of the Falcons’ 10 most memorable plays of the season. You can’t argue with his choice for No. 1 – Roddy White’s strip of Nate Clements against San Francisco. That play saved the Falcons from what would have been an embarrassing loss.