Thursday, November 3, 2011
NFC East: The day in injuries
By Dan Graziano
The headline injury news of the day in our division is that of New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who according to various reports has a broken bone in his foot. Now, Adam Schefter has reported that sources tell him it's not serious and Bradshaw could play Sunday. Others are reporting that Bradshaw is telling teammates he'll miss two weeks and could need season-ending surgery. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't know what was going to happen, so it looks like we'll just have to monitor this one. If Bradshaw can't go, expect Brandon Jacobs to take the lead role in the NFL's 30th-best rushing offense with D.J. Ware backing him up.
The rest of the injury-report news from the NFC East on Thursday:
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was a surprise addition to the Giants' injury report with a neck injury, but the Giants are saying they don't think it's serious. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sat out practice with a hamstring injury, and it's starting to look as though the Giants won't be able to count on him Sunday in New England. Center David Baas missed practice with a knee injury. Osi Umenyiora was limited and Justin Tuck practiced in full.
The Eagles don't play until Monday Night, so this was their first practice and injury report of the week. Running back LeSean McCoy missed practice with an "illness," but coach Andy Reid said it shouldn't cost him any more time. Tight end Brent Celek sat out practice with a hip injury, and linebacker Akeem Jordan remains out with a concussion. Other than that, the Eagles seem pretty healthy.
Right guard Kyle Kosier seems to be the new question mark this week in Dallas. He missed practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday with a foot injury. Remains to be seen if he'll be able to play, but if he isn't, their already challenged offensive line will be in even more trouble than usual. Sean Lee, Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins all missed practice with their wrist, ankle and hamstring injuries, and all seem rather unlikely to help Sunday against the Seahawks.
Left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were both limited in practice because of their ankle sprains, and as badly as the Redskins need them both, it's tough to tell whether either will be able to play Sunday against the 49ers. Safety O.J. Atogwe missed practice with his toe and knee injuries.