Hitting the NFC South links

The multi-talented D. Orlando Ledbetter uses his interpretation skills to figure out that Atlanta coach Mike Smith wants improvement across the board. I don’t think Ledbetter’s going out on any limb here. Smith can remain calm and cool, but you could tell he felt the Falcons lost a winnable game to the Steelers.

As expected, the Panthers re-signed kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd. They released Todd Carter, who was supposed to replace Lloyd, but injured his back.

Green Bay signed running back Dimitri Nance off Atlanta’s practice squad. The Falcons filled the spot by signing center Rob Bruggeman, who had been cut from the 53-man roster earlier this week.

After Aqib Talib served his one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct code, the Buccaneers have placed him on the active roster and he’s expected to practice today. To clear a roster spot, the Bucs released Erik Lorig.