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Panic Button: Giants, Eagles missing key players

9/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Now that we're three weeks into the season, some of you are starting to feel some anxiety about your teams. In some precincts (not in ours), fans are experiencing full-blown panic attacks.

Those poor Patriots were stunned by an ol' SEC trick that Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee had in his hip pocket. And Jets fans can't believe the Brett Favre honeymoon phase already has ended.

Teams in the NFC East have a combined 10-2 record. The word "panic" seems a little strong at this point, so we'll focus on potential "concerns."

The New York Giants (3-0) woke up with some concerns this morning. For reasons that we've yet to hear, star receiver Plaxico Burress decided to skip team meetings Monday. He also didn't pick up the phone when GM Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin started calling. He's now been suspended for the Oct. 5 game against the Seahawks.

This is no time to panic, but it's not a good sign when your top receiver decides to flake out. We'll continue to monitor the situation throughout the afternoon.

In Philly, it looks like running back Brian Westbrook will miss Sunday's game in Chicago with an ankle injury. Correll Buckhalter and Lorenzo Booker should do an adequate job filling in, so I don't advise anyone to push the panic button.

The Cowboys are once again missing starting left guard Kyle Kosier, but Cory Procter will do a nice job filling in. The Redskins will be without defensive end Jason Taylor against the Cowboys. You'd love to have your top pass rusher against a guy like Tony Romo, but based on Taylor's play so far this season, this isn't anything to get worked up about.

As I stated recently in a column, this the best division in football. Let's wait a week or two before anyone panics.