NFL Nation: Evening roundup

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A look at the day's events in the NFC South.

PANTHERS
It looks like another week of Geoff Hangartner at center and Jeremy Bridges at right tackle. Starters Ryan Kalil and Jeff Otah sat out another practice with injuries. With a bye coming up after Arizona, the cautious approach with Kalil and Otah might be the best long-term move by the Panthers.

BUCCANEERS
After missing five games because of injury, it looks like receiver Joey Galloway could make his return Sunday against Dallas. With coach Jon Gruden already saying Antonio Bryant will hold on to his starting role, Galloway could have his snaps limited and be used as the third receiver.

FALCONS
Philadelphia is a city known for producing underdogs (see Rocky I through whatever) and Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes is one of those. He grew up in Philadelphia, was lightly recruited by colleges and made it to the NFL without being drafted. Now, he's got a starting job. A knee injury could hold him out of Sunday's homecoming in Philadelphia but don't be surprised if Grimes ends up playing.

SAINTS
Just a thought here, but doesn't it seem like the Saints are taking a bit of a gamble with their special teams? I mean, I understand letting punter Steve Weatherford go at some point. But why sign Ben Graham as the replacement right now. Graham may be just fine as a punter. But he also has to take over as the holder on field goals and extra points. To summarize, the Saints have a rookie kicker (Taylor Mehlhaff), a new holder and the very real possibility of wet weather at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Sounds like a possible formula for disaster.

NFC South evening roundup

October, 9, 2008
10/09/08
6:33
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A quick look at the day's headlines:

SAINTS

Receiver Marques Colston practiced (although on a limited basis) for the second straight day.

Reading between the lines: It's probably too much to expect to see Colston this Sunday. But next week's game against Carolina suddenly is looking like a real possibility. It's starting to look like a safe bet Colston will be on the plane when the Saints leave Charlotte for London for an Oct. 26 game with San Diego.

BUCCANEERS

Receiver Joey Galloway got on the practice field for the first time in about a month.

Reading between the lines: Coach Jon Gruden sounded like he was getting a little impatient with Galloway's injury Wednesday. Not sure if Galloway will be ready to play Sunday, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel. If not, Gruden may start trying to lure Jerry Rice out of retirement.

PANTHERS

Starting offensive tackles Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah returned to practice after sitting out last week with concussions. Gross, who suffered a concussion, said he thinks he'll be able to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Reading between the lines: The Panthers beat Kansas City with Jeremy Bridges and Frank Omiyale as their starting tackles. The Bucs (see Gaines Adams and Kevin Carter) are a couple of notches up from the Chiefs.

FALCONS

Mixed news on a couple of guys the Falcons had on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive tackle Trey Lewis expects to miss the rest of the season. Offensive lineman Renardo Foster is likely to begin practicing next week.

Reading between the lines: Foster, who weighs 340 pounds, could bring some depth to an offensive line that's been better than expected so far. Lewis had a few bright moments last year, but the Falcons weren't optimistic about getting much out of him this year because of the injury.

NFC South evening roundup

October, 6, 2008
10/06/08
6:25
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- A quick trip around the division before I head over to the Superdome for the game between the Vikings and Saints.

BUCCANEERS
This should come as no surprise: coach Jon Gruden doesn't know who his starting quarterback will be Sunday against Carolina. Part of that is due to the health of Brian Griese, who injured his elbow and shoulder at Denver. Part of it is because Griese has had some problems with interceptions and former Jeff Garcia appears to be healthy again and out of Gruden's dog house. My money's on Garcia getting the start against the Panthers.

PANTHERS
In his press conference Monday, coach John Fox said what he usually says (not very much) in his Monday press conferences. But he did sing the praises of tackle Frank Omiyale, who got his first NFL start in place of the injured Jordan Gross.

FALCONS
Jeff Shultz details how calm quarterback Matt Ryan was during his first game at Lambeau Field. Five weeks into, I think you can go ahead and say the Falcons made the right call in drafting Ryan over defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

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