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The Cowboys are trying to be careful with Tony Romo has he works his way back from offseason surgery to remove a cyst. But Romo is making it tough on them. He talked his way into practicing Tuesday on a scheduled off-day and is still hoping to play at least part of Sunday night's preseason opener against Miami.
Reports from Oxnard have consistently marveled at how explosive DeMarcus Ware looks in his new 4-3 defensive end role. Not surprising. Ware is a stud who could well thrive playing on the line of scrimmage full-time. The thing to watch is not Ware's effectiveness as a pass-rusher in his new stance but the extent to which the banging away at offensive linemen all game long wears on him physically throughout the season.
So I wrote something the other day about Cullen Jenkins maybe being able to lock in at defensive tackle this year for the Giants rather than move around between tackle and end, and then the Giants go ahead Tuesday and give him practice snaps at defensive end. Shows you what I know. Seriously, Jenkins' versatility is part of his appeal, and with Jason Pierre-Paul still recovering from back surgery it makes sense to look at all options.
Corey Webster says that part of the motivation for the Giants to make the Super Bowl this year is that they don't want one of their rivals using their locker room during Super Bowl week. Sure, hey, whatever works.
Thin at inside linebacker due to the Keenan Robinson injury and spurned by Joe Mays, the Redskins are taking a look at veteran Nick Barnett, who used to play one of the inside spots in the Packers' 3-4 defense.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is going to miss some practice time with a sprained ankle. Doesn't sound as though the regular-season is being threatened by this, but certainly any injury in the secondary is cause for concern, with so many question marks there already.