Friday, July 29, 2011
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- I'm at One Buccaneer Place and will be heading out to watch the Bucs work out in a little over an hour. I'll give you a report on what I see later. But, first, let's take a quick trip through the NFC South headlines to bring you up to speed.
Former Atlanta guard Harvey Dahl has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Rams. Justin Blalock, the other starting guard from last season, remains a free agent. There is a possibility he could return to the Falcons, but the team began preparing for this situation last year when it drafted Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley.
New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas said he’s only about 85 percent healthy after offseason ankle surgery, but he was able to practice Friday.
Linebacker Dan Connor is happy to be staying in Carolina after incorrect rumors had him going to Chicago as part of the Greg Olsen trade.
So far, so good on the Da'Quan Bowers health front. The rookie defensive end, who fell to the second round due to concerns about a knee injury, went through the first workout of training camp with the Bucs.
The Saints terminated the contracts of linebacker Stanley Arnoux and long-snapper Jason Kyle after they failed physicals.
Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said he hasn’t closed the door on the possibility of middle linebacker Barrett Ruud returning to the Bucs. I think that’s a long shot.