Thursday, October 13, 2011
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Let's take a run through the morning headlines around the NFC South.
D. Orlando Ledbetter has a list of seven things wrong with the Falcons. He must have had some space limitations because the list easily could be in double digits.
The NCAA closed its investigation into Cam Newton’s time at Auburn and said it found no major violations. The Carolina rookie quarterback already seems to have put his college days well behind him.
Carolina linebacker Jon Beason, who is out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury, said he’ll be back better than ever next season.
New Orleans center Olin Kreutz reportedly ripped off a television microphone he was wearing in the season opener. The microphones are being used in an attempt to let fans hear what’s going on in the middle of the offensive line. But coach Sean Payton admitted there’s a concern that the audio could be used to give defenses a competitive advantage.
With defensive tackle Gerald McCoy injured and unlikely to play Sunday, the Bucs have said they probably will shift rookie defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to the interior on passing downs. Bowers said he played inside at times in college and is comfortable with the move.
New Orleans safety Roman Harper reportedly has been fined $15,000 for a late hit on Carolina's Steve Smith.