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NFC East roundup: Cowboys corner passing on OTA's


NFC East roundup: Cowboys corner passing on OTA's

Maybe cornerbacks not showing for OTA's is the latest trend. While we wait on hearing from DeAngelo Hall or Mike Shanahan as to why the Redskins starter missed Monday's fun, seems pretty clear why Cowboys corner and former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins is expected to miss the start of Cowboys practice session on Tuesday: the2008 first rounder's role as starter is apparently no more.Dallas signed top free agent Brandon Carr to a mega contract this offseason and moved up in the first round to select LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Meanwhile Jenkins, beset by various injuries last season, enters the final year of his contract. Jenkins played through the pain last year and had shoulder surgery during the offseason.Rarely in these parts does someone utter the phrase, "but in fairness to the Cowboys," but in in fairness to the Cowboys, wow was their secondary brutal. Point to Tony Romo's late game gaffes or the offensive line's leaks, but one could legitimately argue the defensive backfield woestruly turned the Cowboys postseason hopes and dreams into ifs and buts.Jerry Jones says he wants to keep Jenkins in the mix, even though he's already paying Orlando Scandrick third corner cash. If the Cowboys part ways, they expect legitimate compensation back for a young corner with skills. Jenkins wants a new deal and his agent is Drew Rosenhaus. Something tells me this side will downplay the recovery from surgery and point to his decorated past. Not sure inquiring teams will. Yeah, this could be interesting... Nick Foles, the NFC East rookie quarterback drafted between Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, agreed to a four-year deal with Eagles on Monday.The third-round selection is in Philadelphia to battle Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards for the backup role behind the frequently banged up Michael Vick. When you're a team with legitimate playoff aspirations, securing the No. 2 quarterback spot is paramount - and that goes double when the starter is a runner with a lithe frame who constantly takes big hits playing behind a suspect offensive line. The only controversy in Eagles camp regarding the passers will come if Foles somehow flops. Vick's on-field vision allows him to avoid would-be tacklers, but I'm pretty sure the veteran is not paying attention in the least to the competition behind him. Not much news going on with the Giants, but at least any fears of Kellen Winslow solving Big Blue's tight end hole are gone. The Buccaneers shipped the veteran to the Seahawks for a late round pick. Martellus Bennett's chance to shine remains in play.

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Redskins injury report: Status on Norman, Reed unknown

Redskins injury report: Status on Norman, Reed unknown

At least 51 Redskins will be making the trip to London on Thursday night, including some who are pretty banged up. And there is hope that the other two will be able to make it across the pond.

“We're taking everybody, which is a good thing,” said coach Jay Gruden. “If something happens on Friday or Saturday, we can make adjustments if needed.”

He later clarified the statuses of tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman. Both of them are in the NFL’s concussion protocol, at least partially.

“I’m not too sure about this — Thursday they are going to the independent doctor and if they’re cleared they’ll go on the trip,” said Gruden. “If not, if we’re still having some pain and setbacks, at that point we’ll make that decision to probably leave them back.”

In other words, stay tuned on those two key players.

Two players were out of practice on Wednesday. Reserve linebacker Terrance Garvin was out with a hip injury, and starting running back Matt Jones missed with a knee problem.

The injury was as much a surprise to Gruden as it was to reporters when they saw that Jones was not participating in practice.

“He just came in, I guess, today, had some soreness laterally,” said Gruden. “Had some pain cutting, has to problem running straight ahead so we kept him out today.”

Limited in practice were wide receivers Jamison Crowder (groin) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring/shoulder); guard Brandon Scherff (shoulder), offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee), Reed, Norman, offensive lineman Spencer Long (chest), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and tight end Vernon Davis (groin).

With six offensive starters limited and Jones out, Gruden had to alter practice somewhat.

“We had to do kind of a slower tempo on the offensive side of the ball because of the amount of injuries we had,” said Gruden.

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Jordan Reed, Josh Norman in for early part of Redskins practice; Matt Jones out

Jordan Reed, Josh Norman in for early part of Redskins practice; Matt Jones out

Both Josh Norman and Jordan Reed, two important players who are in the concussion protocol, were on the field for the early part of Redskins practice today,

But starting running back Matt Jones was not with the running back during individual drills. He out of uniform, doing some rehab work off to the side. The team did not announce an injury to him during or after the game.

The presence of Reed, who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion on October 9, at practice was expected. Coach Jay Gruden announced on Monday that Reed would participate today for the first time in a week.

Norman left the Redskins game against the Lions last Sunday in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a concussion. It was a mild surprise to see him on the field so soon.

Reed and Norman practicing today is a positive sign but far from a guarantee that either will play against the Bengals on Sunday in London. Both must be cleared by an independent neurologist prior to playing and that usually doesn’t happen quickly. It’s possible that they may need to be cleared by tonight in order to go to London since there are no NFL-approved independent neurologists in England.

We will find out more about Reed and Norman and get information on Jones’ injury when Gruden addresses the media after practice.

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