Around the NFC South

Time for a few quick links across the NFC South that I thought might be of interest.

New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey returned to practice after missing a few days with a sore knee.

Ken Daube says the presence of Jimmy Clausen shouldn’t scare fantasy football players away from drafting Steve Smith.

In a radio interview, Atlanta coach Mike Smith said he had a little chat with rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon about the meaning of the word “thud’’ as it applies to practice protocol.

Atlanta fans might be interested to hear that tight end O.J. Santiago is making a comeback – in the Canadian Football League.

The Bucs are singing the praises of defensive tackle Dre Moore, who has been a bust to this point in his career. If this is all true, veteran Ryan Sims might want to be a bit concerned about a roster spot, because rookies Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and second-year pro Roy Miller already are penciled into spots in the rotation.