Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis said he’s not going to retire after tearing his ACL for the third time. But it’s almost a certainty Davis won’t return to the Panthers under the terms of his current contract. Here are the details of his unique contract extension, which first were reported here soon after he signed his deal in August.

New Orleans receiver Marques Colston is expected to return Sunday after missing only two games with a broken collarbone. Colston credits his use of a hyperbaric chamber for speeding up the healing process.

The Falcons have used rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers sparingly so far. But Jason Snelling hasn’t been practicing due to a concussion. That could vault Rodgers into the role as Michael Turner’s top backup Sunday at Seattle.

Tampa Bay is having problems in the red zone. The Bucs rank No. 31 in red zone offense and are very aware they need to improve.