NFC Notes: Falcons, Panthers, Saints


  • The Athletic’s Tori McElhaney believes the Falcons are playing for HC Dan Quinn‘s job on Sunday against the Panthers. 
  • Per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, Quinn said WR Julio Jones is “making progress” but the team will have a better gauge of his availability on Friday. 
  • Quinn was encouraged by K Younghoe Koo‘s practice Wednesday but Atlanta will keep K Elliott Fry on the practice squad in case of emergency. (McClure)
  • The Falcons are bringing in LB John Houston for a workout this week. (Albert Breer)


  • Per ESPN’s David Newton, Panthers OC Joe Brady said that despite going 2-0 with Mike Davis at running back instead of Christian McCaffrey, he’ll be glad to get the latter back in 2-4 weeks: “Having one of the best players in football back, that’s a good thing.”
  • Panthers HC Matt Rhule announced Thursday that CB Eli Apple pulled his other hamstring against the Cardinals. (Joe Person)
  • Rhule was asked if he has any frustrations with Apple’s latest injury: “I don’t get frustrated with players. I get frustrated with lack of effort. But if you have injuries, I feel bad for players. … Eli’s a talented player. We’re gonna try to get him healthy and whenever they say he can go, he’ll go.” (Person)


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan reports the Saints have decided to stay in New Orleans following the latest projection change to Hurricane Delta’s path. 
  • The team had considered moving its Week 5 Monday night game against the Chargers to Indianapolis if it needed to evacuate from New Orleans. 
  • Saints signed WR Tommylee Lewis to their practice squad. (NFLTR)
  • Saints waived C Will Clapp.

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