Around the NFC South

Let's take a look at the top headlines around the NFC South.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said receiver Steve Smith remains part of the plan “right now," but also referred to the situation as a “touchy thing." As we’ve reported several times before, Smith has been told by ownership and the front office to think about his future. He was frustrated at times last year and that has led to speculation that he wants out of Carolina. But, at the moment, there are no indications Smith has told the team he wants to move on. If he does, the Panthers would shop him for trade, but that could be tied up by the lack of a labor agreement.

A grand jury will decide if New Orleans defensive end Will Smith will face charges stemming from a domestic incident in November. It’s possible Smith could face punishment by the league for that incident and the possibility of a four-game suspension for reportedly using a banned substance still lingers over Smith.

Mike Triplett reports the Saints have waived running back P.J. Hill. He was in the mix for a spot in the backfield rotation last preseason before suffering a season-ending injury.

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports the Falcons have signed a pair of players to futures contracts.