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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time for a Saturday morning look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

Chicago safety Brandon Merriweather was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina receiver Steve Smith last Sunday.

The Panthers are likely to use a new kickoff returner Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera said either Jordan Pugh or Kealoha Pilares will replace Mike Goodson.

The Buccaneers are ready to start Dekoda Watson if outside linebacker Quincy Black can’t play due to an ankle injury.

New Orleans left tackle Jermon Bushrod says Carolina has some good defensive ends.

The Falcons don’t want to see “The Belt’’ celebration from Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.