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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
NFC South evening update

By Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- Let’s take a look at the latest headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to say he’s 95-percent certain he’ll retire after the season. That could end up being the case, but I don’t think anyone is going to force him to retire. He still is playing at a high level. If he wants to continue, I think the Falcons would encourage that.

CARLOLINA PANTHERS

With defensive tackle Ron Edwards out for the season with an injury, second-year pro Sione Fua is expected to move into the starting lineup. Might as well throw him out there and let whoever is coaching this team next season determine if Fua has a future.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said he has heard nothing from Boston College about its opening for a head coach. Carmichael is a Boston College graduate with a nice history. I think it’s only a matter of time before he at least is contacted by Boston College.

William Robinson said he is sore after his first NFL start. That beats the alternative because Robinson was working as a bouncer at a Los Angeles bar before the Saints turned to him after injuries to their first three right tackles. If Zach Strief and Charles Brown can’t play Sunday, Robinson could get his second career start.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Although first-year coach Greg Schiano has cleaned a lot of problems out of his locker room, former Bucs’ tight end Jerramy Stevens reportedly was arrested for violating probation.