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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
NFC South evening update

By Pat Yasinskas

Let’s take an evening run through some news and notes from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

In this radio interview, receiver Roddy White has some fun with tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has said he probably will retire after this season. White seems to think Gonzalez has at least another year left in the tank. That’s pretty conceivable after Gonzalez went out and caught 13 passes against the Redskins on Sunday.

Linebacker Stephen Nicholas was held out of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. If Nicholas can’t play Sunday against Oakland, the Falcons likely would turn to veteran Mike Peterson.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

With the Panthers on a bye week and a bad season getting worse with the loss of center Ryan Kalil, it might be time to take a look at this Insider post in which Mel Kiper Jr. has his Big Board for the 2013 draft. I’m thinking defensive tackle Star Lotulelei sounds like a possible fit for the Panthers.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Nakia Hogan writes about how young defensive ends Martez Wilson and Junior Galette stepped up in the victory over the Chargers. With it now looking like Will Smith will have to serve his four-game suspension after all, Wilson and Galette could take on bigger roles. I’m also thinking that, despite all the criticism defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has taken early in his tenure, he could be starting to develop two pretty good young pass-rushers.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

With Matt Cassel going through the league’s protocol for a concussion, the Bucs could see Brady Quinn as Kansas City’s starting quarterback on Sunday. I’m not sure it really matters which quarterback the Chiefs use. The Bucs have a bigger concern and that’s stopping running back Jamaal Charles.