NFC South Morning Jog: Linebacker Woes in New Orleans Weigh on Saints' Minds

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 9:    Chris Chamberlain #56 and  Marques Clark #18 of the New Orleans Saints run onto the field during a preseason game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/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.

 

New Orleans Saints

When the Saints placed linebacker Chris Chamberlain on injured reserve, Joe Vitt hinted that the team would look to trade for a veteran linebacker, according to the Times-Picayune. That trade happened Monday evening when New Orleans grabbed Barrett Ruud from Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick.

With Chris Chamberlain on injured reserve and Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne out for a few weeks with injuries, the New Orleans linebacking corps will be tested in the remaining games of preseason. There are serious depth issues now that need to be addressed. [Times-Picayune]

 

Atlanta Falcons

Backup left tackle Will Svitek will miss the entire season with an upper arm injury, according to Atlanta Field Report. This is a big blow to the depth on the offensive line. Sam Baker is listed as the starter right now, but Svitek spent time in that role last season and many thought he would overtake Baker at some point in 2012.

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry hasn't lived up to his first-round draft status since arriving in Atlanta in 2009, not by a long shot. But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote Monday that Jerry looks great and is playing well as he fills in for an injured Corey Peters.

 

Carolina Panthers

Linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason hope to return to action by Week 1 for Carolina's game against Tampa Bay, according to the Charlotte Observer. The linebackers are attempting to return from injuries that wreaked havoc on their playing time last year. Missing so much preseason action can't be a good thing.

An NFL.com panel attempted to answer which second-year quarterback will enjoy the most success in 2012. That's a very open-ended question with a lot left to speculation, but the majority of the group picked Carolina's Cam Newton.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay signed recently-waived wide receiver Jordan Shipley who was with the Cincinnati Bengals until last week. Shipley is still recovering from an ACL and MCL tear in his left knee from last September. [Tampa Tribune]

The Buccaneers waived undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Desmond Marrow Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune and signed veteran cornerback Brandon McDonald.

Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times that he saw two different versions of left tackle Donald Penn last year, and the main difference was an expanded waist line. Penn returned to practice Monday after a freak calf injury and looks much more trim.