Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick trip through the NFC South headlines.
Carolina receiver Steve Smith, who suffered a shoulder injury only four days ago, made a surprise return to practice Friday morning. Still, I wouldn't expect to see Smith playing in Monday's preseason opener.
Mike Triplett has an excellent behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of New Orleans coach Sean Payton.
The Bucs are hoping to give quarterbacks Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich each about 12 to 15 snaps in the preseason opener.
Daniel Cox looks at how Atlanta's Erik Coleman is making the transition from strong safety to free safety, while also stepping into a leadership role.