NFC South Morning Jog: LT Donald Penn Close to a Return to the Buccaneers

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 9, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18:      Donald Penn #70 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings on the line at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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Each morning, I like to start the day off with a workout—usually a morning jog. I can clear my head, plan my day and think about what’s going on around the NFC South.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornerback Myron Lewis, a player who hasn't consistently showed promise in his first two seasons, is really impressing the coaching staff in camp thus far, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Offensive tackle Donald Penn is anxious to get back from his calf injury, but head coach Greg Schiano wants to make sure Penn's 100 percent before getting him back in action, via the Pewter Report.

The Buccaneers made a few roster moves Wednesday. Cornerback Derrick Roberson was waived and cornerback James Rogers was signed in his place.

Defensive tackle Jayme Mitchell "left the team," according to the Pewter Report, and defensive tackle Teryl White was signed.


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has five players to watch Thursday night in Atlanta's preseason game against Baltimore.

Atlanta Field Report has seven scenarios to keep an eye on during Atlanta's preseason game Thursday night against the Ravens.


Carolina Panthers

The Panthers seemed to be lollygagging around practice Wednesday. Head coach Ron Rivera didn't like what he was seeing, so he stopped practice and lit into them, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Sorry for mixing sports scenes here, but it's difficult not to think of the shower scene in Bull Durham right now.

The Charlotte Observer has a piece on undrafted rookie Byron Bell's rise to a starting line position.


New Orleans Saints

There will be no settlement between Jonathan Vilma and the NFL prior to a ruling on Vilma's request for a restraining order to block commissioner Roger Goodell's year-long suspension, according to ESPN.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt seemed impressed with how valuable their practice sessions were with the New England Patriots this week, via the Saints' official website.