NFC South Blog
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester has once again been ruled out with a turf toe injury. He is yet to make his Falcons debut because of this injury. There is no real timetable for his return and turf toe can linger for an extended period of time or act up at any given time. He probably will not be 100 percent at any time this season. It's something that takes a long period of rest and treatment to fully recover from. It will become a matter of pain management once he's ready to return.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart "will play" today according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Of course this is not yet official, so you should still check in closer to game time. Nonetheless, it's looking good that Stewart is going to play today.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is out for Week 3 and now considered "a long shot" for Week 4. NFL.com's Ian Rapoprt reports that Brees does not have just a bruised rotator cuff but a sprained rotator cuff. Look for Brees to miss at least two games.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is active for today's game. His knee injury is not expected to hinder him. He will start and is expected to see his usual workload.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme suffered a concussion on Sunday and will now be placed in the league's concussion protocol. He should be considered very questionable, much like every player that suffers a concussion. The bottom line is he'll have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can return to action. You will have to monitor his status throughout the week.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had a monster game on Sunday. He was the top RB in Fantasy Football this week. Freeman carried the ball 30 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns. He also added five receptions for 52 yards. This is a monster stat line, which we saw coming. Freeman was ranked as the No. 5 RB on our SCOUT Fantasy rankings this week.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees tested out his injured shoulder today with a throwing session. It reportedly went very well and Brees' shoulder responded positively. Brees is confident he will be able to play this Sunday. Despite dealing with a sprained rotator cuff, it appears Brees should be good to go after missing just one week. We will definitely be keeping you updated on this matter leading up to Week 4.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is now the top back on the team's depth chart. After his monstrous 193 yard, three touchdown performance he has leap frogged injured running back Tevin Coleman as the team's top back. We will have to wait and see what happens once Coleman returns from his rib injury. When both were healthy, Coleman was the more heavily utilized and impressive back.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has restructured his contract to clear up cap room for 2016. The team $5.2 million of Drew Brees' base salary into a signing bonus. This will create $2.6 million in cap space. His cap hit for 2016 is still $30 million.
Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman did not practice Wednesday. He is dealing with a fractured rib and was not able to suit up Week 3. The injury has become a matter of pain management. If he is forced to sit out another week, as he is expected to, Devonta Freeman will continue to see a ton of touches. He had a monster 193 yard, three TD performance in Coleman's absence Week 3.