NFC South afternoon update

The practice reports are coming in very fast from all around the division this Wednesday afternoon. So let's run quickly through a bunch of news and notes from all precincts.


It appears as if cornerback Anthony Gaitor, who had been sidelined by a hamstring injury, will make his season debut Sunday against Philadelphia. That couldn’t come at a better time for the Buccaneers because Eric Wright is serving a suspension and LeQuan Lewis has a knee injury that could hold him out. Gaitor could get instant playing time behind starters E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said an ESPN report that he pursued the coaching job at Boston College was inaccurate. But there also are rumblings that Tampa Bay special assistant Butch Davis could be a candidate for the job at Florida International University. The Boston College job already has been filled, so that’s not even an issue for Sullivan and the Bucs. But Davis, who has been a head coach on the college level and has ties to South Florida, certainly seems like a logical option for Florida International.


Defensive end Junior Galette, who missed four games with an ankle injury, practiced Wednesday. If Galette is able to play Sunday, he could provide a boost for a pass rush that’s been pretty ordinary.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo said he admires MetLife Stadium, but said it doesn’t mean as much to him as Giants Stadium. Spagnuolo had a couple of years as a New York assistant, including the 2008 season in which the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.


Quarterback Cam Newton said Wednesday that no job (not even his own) is safe right now. I think that’s true for just about every other member of the Panthers. But Newton’s job is safe going forward. The team has a lot invested in him and whoever the team ends up hiring as the new general manager likely will have to convince owner Jerry Richardson he can win with Newton.


On the same day Atlanta safety William Moore was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, he missed practice with a hamstring injury. The Falcons could have their depth tested in the secondary as cornerback Asante Samuel also missed practice with a shoulder injury. The Falcons can turn to Robert McClain and Christopher Owens if Samuel is unable to play Sunday. Chris Hope would be the likely replacement if Moore has to miss any time.