NFC South evening update

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – I’ve spent most of the day gathering information from the Carolina Panthers’ minicamp that will be used in posts over the next few days.

But let’s take a few minutes to check out what’s going on all around the division:


First-round draft pick Desmond Trufant hadn’t been able to participate in the early stages of OTAs (organized team activities) because his class at the University of Washington hadn’t graduated. But Trufant took part in Tuesday’s session. He’ll have some work to do to catch up to fellow rookie cornerback Robert Alford, who has been getting a lot of first-team reps.


The new football facility at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will be called Jerry Richardson Stadium after the owner of the Panthers donated $10 million and endowed a scholarship fund.


There was a scary moment during Tuesday’s workout session. Outside linebacker Victor Butler banged knees with running back Mark Ingram and had to be helped off the field. Coach Sean Payton said that early indications were that Butler’s injury wasn’t serious.


Tackle Gabe Carimi, who recently was acquired in a trade with Chicago, said a knee injury in 2011 still hampered his performance with the Bears last season. Carimi said he’s optimistic the knee will be healthy and that he can make an impact for the Buccaneers.