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Friday, September 19, 2008
Evening update across the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Here's a one-stop roundup of the news around the NFC South today.

SAINTS

What does the signing of quarterback Joey Harrington mean? Probably not all that much right away. Mark Brunell is still the backup and it's going to take Harrington some time to learn a new offense. Looks like the Saints, who weren't carrying a third quarterback, just saw a guy who can provide a little experience behind Drew Brees and Brunell.

Linebacker Scott Fujita and cornerback Aaron Glenn highlight a list of six players who have been declared out for Sunday.

FALCONS

Laurent Robinson, who lost a preseason battle for a starting receiver job, appears to be working his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff. Michael Jenkins remains the starter, but the Falcons are talking like they'll try to get Robinson more involved in the offense.

Atlanta will face defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey on Sunday -- the guy a lot of fans thought they should have drafted.

BUCCANEERS

Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been ruled out for Sunday while linebacker Derrick Brooks, cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Gaines Adams are questionable. Michael Clayton likely will get the start in Galloway's place.

Defensive back Elbert Mack was unsuccessful in his appeal of a one-game suspension for violating the player safety code. The Bucs elevated Marcus Hamilton from the practice squad to fill Mack's roster spot.

PANTHERS

As he did a lot last year, coach John Fox defended Julius Peppers, who is not piling up sacks. What else would you expect Fox to say? And he has a valid point that Peppers has played well in the first two games. He looks a lot more energetic and active than last year. But, the bottom line is, Peppers is going to have to start coming up with sacks in order to get paid.

Safety Chris Harris is questionable with a thigh injury. Guard Travelle Wharton and reserve quarterback Matt Moore have been declared out. Geoff Hangartner likely will start in Wharton's place for the second straight game Sunday.