NFC South evening update

ATLANTA -- Before we focus in fully on the “Monday Night Football" game between the Falcons and Broncos, let’s take a quick spin to see what’s going on elsewhere in the NFC South.

  • Although he’s been getting lots of heat for it, Tampa Bay Greg Schiano said he had no regrets about having his defense still playing hard as the Giants lined up in their victory formation Sunday. Schiano said that tactic worked for him at Rutgers. It’s easy to say he’s not at Rutgers anymore. But, if something has worked for you in the past, I don’t see anything wrong with sticking to it.

  • New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma arrived in New York for his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday afternoon. I’d love to be a fly on that wall. No idea when Goodell will rule on discipline or if he’ll backtrack on the original season-long suspension for Vilma. But, given how everything else has worked throughout the bounty drama, I’d expect this to drag on for at least a few more days.

  • The Panthers have a couple of injuries and they have a short week as they face the Giants on Thursday night. Linebacker Thomas Davis’ hamstring is minor, according to coach Ron Rivera. But the ankle injury to Byron Bell sounds like it could be a bit more serious. If Bell has to miss time, the Panthers can turn to Bruce Campbell or Garry Williams.