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Around the NFC South: Robinson progressing for Panthers

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

An evening trip through the NFC South:

PANTHERS

There was some good news on the injury front as return man/receiver Ryne Robinson practiced. He also got upgraded from "week to week'' to "day to day''. That still doesn't guarantee he'll play Sunday. But, in Fox's world, any admission that there's progress on an injury is significant.

FALCONS

Backup center Alex Stepanovich participated in practice for the first time since suffering a back injury Aug. 11. Stepanovich and linebacker Coy Wire (ankle) are the only players listed on Atlanta's injury report.

BUCCANEERS

Linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) sat out practice and said coach Jon Gruden is enforcing a "gag order'' about the injury. It should be pointed out Brooks was laughing every time he mentioned the gag order. Just a guess here, but I think Brooks placed it on himself. The injury was real enough to force him out of the New Orleans game. But it's not unusual for a veteran to get a day off (Warrick Dunn and Joey Galloway did). Let's wait and see if Brooks practices Thursday or Friday before trying to read too much into this one.

SAINTS

Keep an eye on the hamstring injury that kept strong safety Roman Harper out of practice today. If Harper's going to miss any game time, Josh Bullocks likely would return to the starting lineup. Bullocks lost the free safety job to Kevin Kaesviharn in the preseason. But Kaesviharn likely would switch to strong safety if Harper is out.