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Buccaneers Plan to Bring Aqib Talib Back and More NFC South News

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:   Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers breaks up a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants in the first half on September 16, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 16, 2012

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He took over this team and gave every player a clean slate to work with. But his leash wasn't long. As Tenard Jackson and Kellen Winslow Jr. found out, it doesn't take much to find yourself on the wrong side of a pink slip.

So, when oft-in-trouble cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended last week for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, many wondered out loud whether Talib would be back in a Buccaneers uniform after he served his four-game suspension.

Schiano didn't definitively answer the question Monday, but he went a long way toward answering it, as reported by Pewter Report:

"That’s the plan, yes. And we’re going to move forward at that point. But like I say in everything, I say it all the time to the team, things change day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month guys. I can’t tell you exactly how things are going to be a month from now."

First off, Schiano wasn't happy to be answering the question after his PR staff sent out a release. Maybe that's why he was being intentionally vague. Or maybe he just needs time to think it over.

Talib has the potential to be a top-notch cornerback and seemed to be humbled after his legal troubles came to an end prior to the start of the season. If Talib can convince Schiano that he's on the path to being a model citizen, Talib has a shot at putting back on a Tampa Bay uniform.

But that conversation isn't going to be easy on Talib. Or Schiano, for that matter.

 

Atlanta Falcons

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Akeem Dent played 100 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps on Sunday.

The Falcons will use the bye week to fix a plethora of problems, according to Fox Sports South.

 

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are in must-win time. [Charlotte Observer]

Charles Johnson is itching to get back onto the field. [Panthers.com]

 

New Orleans Saints

Should the Saints bench Mark Ingram in favor of Chris Ivory? [Times-Picayune]

Steve Spagnuolo talks in this Times-Picayune video about getting some players back on defense.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams thinks playing him man-to-man with single coverage is "disrespectful." [Tampa Bay Times]

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Da'Quan Bowers will return to practice this week.

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