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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Holiday break

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: Giants coach Tom Coughlin offered no concrete updates on any of the players who were injured in Sunday's game. He said running back Andre Brown, who had a concussion, seemed all right on the flight home but admitted "that doesn't mean anything." If Brown can't go and Peyton Hillis, who has his own concussion, is still out, Michael Cox would have to handle tailback responsibilities for the Giants in the season finale against the Redskins. Also hurt Sunday was guard Brandon Mosley, who has a broken hand and looks likely to miss Sunday's game, costing him a chance to show the coaching staff something for the future. There will be further updates on these players Wednesday, when the team practices but is not available to the media.

Behind enemy lines: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan continues to insist he wants to return to coach the team next year and that he expects to know his fate soon after the finale. By this time next week, this situation is likely to have been resolved one way or the other.

Around the division: The big news in the division and the league Monday was the news that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. That obviously means the Cowboys will have to play their NFC East title game against the Eagles on Sunday night with Kyle Orton at quarterback, which puts them at a significant disadvantage against an Eagles offense that's really humming.

Around the league: Mike Sando ranks that NFC East game as the biggest of Week 17, but there are a ton of games Sunday with postseason implications, in case you don't feel like watching Giants-Redskins the whole way through.