Around the NFC South

Carolina's firing of general manager Marty Hurney was the big news in the NFC South on Monday, but it wasn't the only news. Let's take a look at the other top stories from around the division:


Backup tight end Michael Palmer, who had been out with a shoulder injury, returned to practice Monday. That should help the Falcons, who used several different offensive linemen to take over Palmer’s blocking duties while he was out.


The Panthers placed cornerback Chris Gamble on injured reserve. That’s trouble for a troubled team and a troubled defense. The Panthers are left with Captain Munnerlyn and rookies Josh Thomas and Josh Norman as their top three cornerbacks.


Joe Vitt was back for his first practice as interim head coach of the Saints after serving his six-game suspension. He praised Aaron Kromer, who served as head coach for the first six games for keeping the team together during some challenging circumstances.


Coach Greg Schiano said that an unsportsmanlike penalty on a New Orleans field goal attempt Sunday was a legal play. Schiano said Mason Foster called for a switch in the alignment of Tampa Bay’s field-goal block team and the coach said that’s a legal move. But game officials ruled the Bucs were trying to simulate the snap count to draw the Saints’ offsides. Schiano may have a point but it’s not going to change the result of Sunday’s game.