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NFC East roundup: Cowboys set rules for Bryant

NFC East roundup: Cowboys set rules for Bryant

Everyone acknowledges Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has crazy talent and on-field potential. It's the at times crazy off-the-field antics that gets the rising third-year receiver with a checkered past into trouble - or at the minimum draws concern from those paying him.

That is why the Cowboys, according to the Dallas Morning News, have drawn up a list of rules the 23-year-old Bryant must adhere too, including:

Bryant will not drink alcohol.

There will be times put in place to restrict how late Bryant is out at night, but he wont necessarily have a specific, drop-dead curfew time. It will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Bryant wont attend any strip clubs and nightclubs unless the nightclub involves a team function and he has a security team with him.

He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.

A multi-member, unarmed security team will be assigned to Bryant, with at least one man with him most of the time.

Members of the security team will drive Bryant to games, practices and team functions.

Sounds like someone was having. Last season Bryant finished with 63 grabs for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. Perhaps a more focused Bryant takes those numbers up to the Pro Bowl levels many expect.

Eagles: There is, has been and will be plenty of second-guessing going on regarding the Redskins right tackle position, maybe even a wistful look back at those available in free agency that ultimately landed elsewhere. One of those big bodies, former Buffalo Bill Demetrius Bell, took up shop in Philadelphia, signing a five-year, 34 million contract.

Yeah, right now that's now looking so hot as CSNphilly's Reuben Frank reporting has former seventh-round pick King Dunlap winning the Eagles left tackle spot. Surprising, perhaps, but Bell was a rather mediocre free agent option propped up by the overall weakness of the class. None of this solves the Redskins issues, but just a reminder that free agency doesn't solve everything.

Giants: What looked like a problematic injury suffered during Friday's preseason game for corner Prince Amukamara, who was carted off the field, is only a sprained ankle. However it remains uncertain whether he can play in the regular season opener though Amukamara is "holding out hope."

Based on what he as thinking at the time of the injury, as reported by the Newark Star-Ledger, missing one game should it come to that doesn't seem so bad.

I just felt something poking out the side of my leg, the Giants cornerback said today in his first session with reporters since getting hurt against the Bears. And I definitely had a flashback of (breaking) my fifth metatarsal from last season so I didnt know what was going on.

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Redskins win, but await status of multiple injured players

Redskins win, but await status of multiple injured players

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The Redskins had to play with a patchwork lineup on both sides of the ball as injuries sidelined player after player. They got the win but now they have to deal with the aftermath. Here is a look at what we know from preliminary diagnoses from right after the game.

—It looks like safety DeAngelo Hall has the worst injury. He left the game in the second quarter and the initial examination revealed an ACL tear. If that is the case he will be out for the season and the Redskins will be looking for safety help.

—Center Kory Lichtensteiger left with a calf strain and did not return. Coach Jay Gruden said he will be examined tomorrow. Spencer Long played in his place.

—Left guard Shawn Lauvao exited with an ankle injury and missed most of the second half. Gruden said that this injury is concerning, perhaps because ankle injuries kept him out for 13 games last year. He had a boot on the foot in the locker room.

—Cornerback Bashaud Breeland suffered what Gruden called a high ankle sprain. He was seen in the locker room wearing a boot and moving with the assistance of crutches.   

The Redskins have largely been healthy most of the season but now they will have to deal with some injury adversity. We will learn more about the injuries during Gruden’s news conference on Monday at 3 p.m.

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Five things we learned from the Redskins win over the Giants

Five things we learned from the Redskins win over the Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Here are five things we learned during the Redskins’ 29-27 win over the Giants.

—This is a scrappy bunch. They fell behind, lost players to injuries, and made enough mistakes to lose a couple of games. But they managed to hang in there and all of a sudden with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter they were in the lead. And instead of finding a way to lose when they took a third-quarter lead like they did last week against the Cowboys they found a way to win.

—Quinton Dunbar needs to play more. Dunbar had not taken a defensive snap in the first two games before injuries forced him into this one. He became the first Redskins player to both catch and intercept a pass in the same game since Champ Bailey did it in 2006. He caught a Tress Way pass for 31 yards on a fake punt that set up a Redskins field goal. Later on he made a spectacular one handed interception at the goal line to keep the Giants from scoring at least a field goal, maybe a touchdown. The converted wide receiver showed his ball skills on both plays.

—And they need to find more snaps for Su’a Cravens as well. He sealed the win with a—I hate to repeat the adjective I used for Dunbar but there is no other way to put it—spectacular, diving interception to seal the game for the Redskins. He makes plays.

—The Redskins have a running game they can use in crunch time. After Josh Brown kicked a field goal with 7:59 to play to put the Giants on top 27-26, Matt Jones carried seven times for 36 yards to let the Redskins put it under the 2:00 warning before Dustin Hopkins booted what proved to be the game-winning field goal.  

—Hopkins is a heck of a kicker. If you are going to have issues getting the ball into the end zone you might as well have a reliable kicker. They called on him five times today to get three points on the board and there was never a doubt about any of them. I mean, you’d like to give him an easy game here and there but he’s getting it done.