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Breakfast links: Redskins' walking wounded

12/19/2012

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III isn't the only injured Redskin who looks on track to start Sunday's game. Injured center Will Montgomery looks as though he'll try to play through an MCL sprain, and right tackle Tyler Polumbus is optimistic that he'll be cleared of concussion symptoms in time to play. And defensive end Stephen Bowen is planning to play in spite of a torn biceps muscle. That time of year.

Jason Reid doesn't think Mike Shanahan plans to trade Kirk Cousins, and it sounds as though Jason means, like, never ever. I respectfully disagree. I don't think they'll put him on the market this offseason, but I'm 100 percent confident that part of the Redskins' long-term hope is to develop Cousins in a backup role and hope somebody's impressed enough to deal a high pick for him. Down the road a ways, but that is definitely part of their plan.

Dallas Cowboys

Can't tell the players on the Cowboys' defense without a scorecard these days even if you're one of them, Jason Hatcher says. But whoever these guys are who are filling in for Dallas' injured defensive starters, they're playing awfully well.

Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne hopes to return to action this week against the Saints after missing last week's game with a concussion. Claiborne has played much better in the second half of this season, as you'd expect from a talented rookie cornerback, and the Cowboys can surely use him as they embark on this crucial two-week stretch.

New York Giants

The main hope the Giants have that they can scramble into this year's playoffs is the resolve they showed in doing so last year. We all know this. But Jason Pierre-Paul, for one, is sick of hearing it.

Victor Cruz spoke about his visit to the home of Jack Pinto, one of the six-year-olds slain in last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. I know we had something on this in Wednesday's links, too, but Cruz deserves all of the attention he's getting for this and more.

Philadelphia Eagles

Colt Anderson's keeping his starting safety job for the final two games, and the guy who's taking a seat to make room is Nate Allen, who ranks as one of many significant individual disappointments for the 2012 Eagles.

You know who's been real good on defense, though? Linemen Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, who offer the Eagles reason to feel good about the state of the defensive line heading into the future.