Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
A quick trip around the news of the day in the NFC South:
Kind of ironic that quarterback Joey Harrington was cut by the Saints on the same day Matt Millen was ousted as the general manager of the Detroit Lions. Harrington's ouster, which came five days after his signing, really didn't have much to do with Harrington. With tight end Jeremy Shockey out with a sports hernia, the Saints needed a roster spot to sign tight end Sean Ryan.
On a conference call with the Charlotte media today, coach Mike Smith addressed the significance of Atlanta's 2-1 start.
"I think having success allows us to kind of see that what we are doing is the right way to approach it," Smith said. "I think we have a long way to go as a football team. We are in a different place than I think the majority of the football teams in this league in terms of how this roster is put together right now, our 53-man roster. I think it's confirmation that we are doing some things good and that our players are getting confirmation that the way we're doing business gives us an opportunity to be successful."
Guard Travelle Wharton, who sat out the last two games due to an injury, returned to practice on a limited basis today. In coach John Fox's world of injury updates, that probably means Wharton will be a game-time decision.
Wide receiver Joey Galloway could miss his second straight game with a foot injury. Galloway did not participate in practice today. Fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ryan Sims also sat out practice.