Time for an afternoon trip through the NFC South headlines.
Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said the team will fine wide receiver Mike Williams, who was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence last week. Williams was allowed to play in Sunday’s game. His blood-alcohol level, according to police reports, was below the state limit (0.08). Williams submitted to a urine test for law-enforcement officers. He also took an independent test Friday and the Buccaneers said that showed no signs of any illegal substances.
Atlanta fans often are criticized for showing up late for games. That might be part of the reason coach Mike Smith issued a plea Monday for fans to show up on time and be loud for Sunday’s game with Green Bay.
The Packers are likely to be without safeties Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith against the Falcons.
Carolina coach John Fox wouldn’t name a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Cleveland. Jimmy Clausen still hasn’t been cleared after sitting out one game with a concussion, but he’s expected to have more tests soon. If Clausen isn’t cleared, Fox would have to choose between Brian St. Pierre and rookie Tony Pike, but the coach didn’t rule out the possibility of signing another quarterback.
The Saints, who have a short week because of the Thursday game with Dallas, didn’t have media access today. But I’ll be talking about the Saints with Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio in New Orleans tonight at approximately 6:30 CT.