Time for a run through the Monday afternoon headlines from around the NFC South:
The Louisiana State Police held a news conference Monday and said no evidence was found that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had the ability to listen to the radio communications of opposing coaches. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines’’ previously reported Loomis had that capability before the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was damaged heavily by Hurricane Katrina. A state official said he couldn’t comment on any federal probes. The FBI has not commented on its investigation
Apparently, the back injury New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham suffered last week, wasn’t serious. After sitting out the preseason game at New England, Graham was back at practice Monday.
On the flip side, New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt said running back Darren Sproles will sit out the upcoming preseason game with Jacksonville with a sore knee. If a player of Sproles’ magnitude has even the slightest soreness, there’s no sense playing in a meaningless preseason game. The Saints already know what Sproles can do, and their main concern should be having him fully healthy for the start of the regular season.
Atlanta’s Thomas DeCoud said this is the year he and fellow safety William Moore finally reach their full potential. That would be nice. Each of these guys has shown some flashes of promise in the past, and both have good physical skills. But consistency never has been their strength. But simply having Asante Samuel, Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson in front of them at cornerback should help make Moore and DeCoud look better.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been very creative in their attempt to sell season tickets, have added another approach. They’ve announced a plan in which fans can buy tickets for half a season.