NFL Nation: Terrence Holt

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Here's a quick roundup of the events of the day in the NFC South.

PANTHERS
Cornerback Ken Lucas was listed on the injury report with a head injury, but he fully participated in Wednesday's practice. Linebacker Adam Seward (ankle) and defensive end Hilee Taylor did not practice.

Guard Travelle Wharton gets some international pub for his big fumble recovery Sunday and his strong season overall.

BUCCANEERS
Tampa Bay didn't practice Wednesday, but they did put out an injury report, as required by the NFL. The Bucs specified that the report is only an estimate, but they estimated that defensive tackle Jovan Haye (knee) wouldn't have practiced and quarterback Brian Griese (elbow), receiver Ike Hilliard (shoulder), tight end Alex Smith (ankle) and defensive end Gaines Adams (hip) would have participated on a limited basis. The Bucs return to practice Thursday.

SAINTS
Fullback Mike Karney practiced for the first time since suffering a knee injury Nov. 9. Running back Reggie Bush also participated fully. Safety Kevin Kaesviharn (shoulder) did not practice and is doubtful for Sunday's game with Atlanta.

The Saints signed defensive end Rob Ninkovich and safety Terrence Holt to fill the roster spots for the suspended Deuce McAllister and Will Smith.

FALCONS
Rookie left tackle Sam Baker took a big step in his return from back surgery. He's been out since Week Six, but returned to the practice field on a limited basis Wednesday. But my best guess is we're at least another week away from seeing Baker in a game.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revisits the Rams' upset loss to New England in the Super Bowl following the 2001 season. Four current Rams played for that St. Louis team. They reflect on what might have been, noting how the Rams' and Patriots' paths diverged after that game.

Also from Thomas: An update on Steven Jackson's condition. Jackson missed practice again.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at what injured players go through during the week. Jackson hopes to play Sunday despite a thigh injury.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Patriots are suffering from a Super Bowl defeat hangover.

Also from Coats: Rams defensive lineman James Hall wont' complain about switching positions. The move to defensive tackle means more playing time.

More from Coats: Former Rams backup Mark LeVoir could start at right tackle for the Patriots. That would be a good thing for Leonard Little, I'm thinking.

And this: Dick Vermeil is headed for the Rams' Ring of Honor.

VanRam of Turf Show Times takes a look at which Rams players might deserve Pro Bowl consideration. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa comes to mind. The Rams have had trouble breaking through at the position in part because Seattle's Lofa Tatupu and Julian Peterson have locked down spots. This year could be different.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says he thinks Mike Holmgren is headed for the 49ers in 2009. Perhaps that is why Holmgren keeps using the phrase "right now" when downplaying such thoughts.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks' window of opportunity and whether it's closing.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at the Seahawks' utter inability to "get home" with their blitzes. This has been a problem, off and on, for years.

Also from Farnsworth: Get ready for Seneca Wallace to start another game at quarterback for Seattle.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune weighs the Seahawks' inability to force turnovers.

Matthew Heuett of Seahawks Addicts cites a story noting Terrence Holt's recent tryout with the Seahawks. The team routinely brings in players on Tuesdays to update its contingency lists. Side note: Justin Hamilton, David Pittman and Tyson Smith also had tryouts.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals face another East Coast test. They failed the last one miserably.

Also from Somers: Injuries at tight end are threatening to limit the Cardinals' options.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Darnell Dockett isn't complaining as much about attracting double-team blocks. A conversation with the Bears' Tommie Harris opened his eyes.

Also from Urban: The Cardinals have improved in the red zone lately.

More from Urban: Arizona leads the NFL in scoring. Carolina ranks fifth in yards allowed per game. As the headline says, something has to give.

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

There's only one game this weekend in the NFC North, and it might not be seen in many places.

As of Thursday morning, the Detroit Lions had about 6,000 tickets remaining for Sunday's game against Washington. That's a huge number of tickets to sell before the NFL's Thursday afternoon deadline to avoid a local television blackout, and there's no guarantee the tickets would move with the customary 24-hour extension.

The Lions have sold out 51 consecutive games, as Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press points out. That streak includes every game held at Ford Field since it opened in 2002.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day on this important issue.

Elsewhere around the NFC North:

  • Drew Sharp of the Free Press criticizes Lions coach Rod Marinelli for not coming clean even after Brett Favre admitted to speaking with former Lions president/general manager Matt Millen last month: "Marinelli's reaction was telling, indicative of a coach who's in over his head. It was another example of somebody incapable of recognizing the bigger picture, even if it means acknowledging something that contradicts personal principles."
  • Chicago quarterback Kyle Orton has a 113 passer rating when throwing out of the two tight-end alignment, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • The Bears were the fifth team to host free agent safety Terrence Holt on a visit this season, according to John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune. Holt signed with the Bears on Wednesday.
  • The Packers beat writers of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offer a humorous video look at the latest Brett Favre controversy.
  • Once everyone returns to the lineup, Green Bay safety Nick Collins believes: "[W]e can be the No. 1 secondary in the league." Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal has details.
  • Minnesota tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has rebounded nicely from a shaky early-season performance, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
  • Embattled Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was ready for the bye week, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Obviously you need that sort of mental recovery whenever you can get it," Kluwe said. "It's been a rough couple weeks. I'm not going to lie. This will be a nice break. Get my mind right, come back and kick like I know how to kick."

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