Tuesday, September 20, 2011
NFC South evening update
By Pat Yasinskas
Let's take a quick run through some items of interest from around the NFC South.
An NFL spokesman said the touchdown catch by New Orleans running back Darren Sproles in Sunday’s game against Chicago should have been reviewed. It was not reviewed at the time, although it appeared Sproles might have gone out of bounds before crossing the goal line.
The Panthers continue to shuffle defensive tackles. The team announced they have signed defensive tackle Frank Kearse off Miami’s practice squad. To clear room for Kearse, the Panthers released offensive lineman Reggie Wells.
The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that safety Roman Harper will be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The official announcement doesn’t come from the league until Wednesday, but this would be a remarkable turnaround for Harper. He struggled in the season opener at Green Bay, but bounced back to help the Saints to a big win over the Bears.
Stephen Holder writes that Tampa Bay fans should assume nothing when it comes to safety Tanard Jackson. Thursday is technically the one-year anniversary of his one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. But Holder is right as he points to all sorts of variables. The league may not be ready to reinstate Jackson. The Bucs might not want him back and, even if they do, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to play right away after being out of football for so long.
Half the television sets in the greater Atlanta market were tuned into the Falcons and Eagles on Sunday night. Atlanta even topped Philadelphia, which is noted for its die-hard fans, in the market ratings. Curiously, New Orleans ranked third. Think Saints’ fans might have a vested interest in how the Falcons fare?