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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

FALCONS 
D. Orlando Ledbetter wonders if the Falcons should consider bringing back DeAngelo Hall. He is talented and could be had for next to nothing. But Mike Smith and his crew have too good a thing going on right now to risk disrupting their harmony.

PANTHERS
It was interesting when Jerry Richardson didn't show up at the owners' meeting in Florida last month. Richardson is one of the league's more influential owners and is active on a number of committees. But Richardson hadn't been feeling well for some time and it appears doctors have found the reason. Richardson has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and had a pacemaker inserted. He's expected to resume normal activities soon.

SAINTS
David Gladow ranks the NFC South as the league's second-best division behind the NFC East. No argument here.

BUCCANEERS
Coach Jon Gruden admits he may have overused running back Earnest Graham. No kidding. But, then again, what choice has Gruden had? Warrick Dunn's been banged up and it's obvious Gruden doesn't have much faith in Michael Bennett. If Cadillac Williams shows he's even close to healthy, the Bucs may activate him this season. If they go that route, you have to wonder if the Bucs are basing the decision on what's in Williams' best interest or the needs of the team.