Around the NFC South

Much of the NFC South returned to work today. The Bucs, Panthers and Falcons all practiced. The Saints, who played Saturday night, are traveling to Oxnard, Calif. Where they will practice much of this week. Let’s take a look at the headlines from around the division.

Atlanta coach Mike Smith said the competition for the job at nickel back between Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens remains open.

Defensive tackles Roy Miller and Brian Price, who have been out with injuries, could return to practice for Tampa Bay this week, coach Raheem Morris said.

Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident just before training camp. Coach Ron Rivera said Hardy will be a starter once he works his way back into playing shape.

Carolina tight end Gary Barnidge suffered a broken ankle and could be lost for the season. The Panthers are set with Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey as their top two tight ends. But Barnidge was competing with veteran Ben Hartsock for the third spot. It now looks like Hartsock will be Carolina’s blocking specialist.

Undrafted receiver Joseph Morgan has been listening to the New Orleans coaches when they tell him he’s got to show up on film to make the roster. Morgan caught a long touchdown pass Saturday night and returned a punt for a touchdown in the preseason opener.