NFC South: Tearrius George

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The good news for defensive ends Rob Ninkovich and Tearrius George, whom the Saints signed earlier this week, is they'll get paychecks for Sunday. The bad news is that they won't play against the Atlanta Falcons.

Ninkovich and George have been given roster exemptions until Monday, but won't dress Sunday because running back Deuce McAllister and defensive end Will Smith are back with the Saints -- for the moment, at least.

McAllister and Smith (along with defensive end Charles Grant, who is on the injured reserve list) had been suspended, but a federal judge put the suspensions on hold Friday.

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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A quick look at some more events of the day in the NFC South.

BUCCANEERS

Quarterback Jeff Garcia is 5-0 in his career against the Panthers. But only three of those wins have come in the John Fox era and Garcia's numbers have been steady, but far from spectacular in those meetings. In 2006 with Philadelphia and in two games since joining the Bucs, Garcia has completed 60.7 percent of his passes, averaged 220.3 passing yards and has thrown four touchdowns with no interceptions, according to ESPN researcher Vince Masi.

FALCONS

Rookie left tackle Sam Baker made it through his second straight day of practice with no problems after returning from back surgery. But Baker still may be at least a week away from playing.

PANTHERS

Bucs coach Jon Gruden compared Carolina receiver Steve Smith to Freddy Krueger. We'll assume the coach meant on the field.

SAINTS

New Orleans signed defensive end Tearrius George off Dallas' practice squad to fill the roster spot that came open when the Saints placed safety Kevin Kaesviharn on the injured reserve list.

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