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Friday, September 5, 2008
Around the NFC South: Bryant is Bucs' No. 2 WR


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A quick trip around the NFC South before heading off to the airport. I'll check in from New Orleans late this afternoon.

FALCONS

Coach Mike Smith said the team still isn't sure who will start at right tackle. Tyson Clabo got most of the work there in the preseason. But veteran Todd Weiner is progressing after knee surgery and could take Clabo's place.

PANTHERS

Defensive tackle Damione Lewis had some pretty strong words on what the Panthers should do about a possible contract extension for defensive end Julius Peppers.

He said the Panthers should "break their neck to keep him here."

SAINTS

The company that runs the Superdome is expecting a full staff -- and possibly more -- for Sunday's game between the Saints and Tampa Bay. Most of the employees who evacuated before Hurricane Gustav are expected to be back in New Orleans. Some additional workers are being brought in from other cities.

BUCCANEERS

It looks as if the Bucs will start Antonio Bryant at receiver opposite Joey Galloway. Bryant, who was out of the NFL last year, had an outstanding preseason. His emergence means former starter Ike Hilliard will be used as the No. 3 receiver.