Wednesday, November 9, 2011
NFC East: The day in injuries
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sorry I've been out of pocket all afternoon. Came down this way to check in on New York Giants practice and talk to some of the players on our division's first-place team. One of the guys everybody wanted to talk to was injured wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. Nicks didn't practice today, but he did run, and he's got a practice plan for the week that he says is aimed at getting him on the field Sunday in San Francisco.
"I ran and got up to full speed, and it felt good," Nicks said. "The plan is more and more each day, and just hope for no setbacks."
Nicks said his only concern was that "fatigue" would set in due to the rest he's given the leg over the past 10 days and that could lead to a recurrence of the injury. But it sounds as though he's trying to play Sunday.
The only Giants player who didn't practice was running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who missed last week's game with a foot injury. No word on Bradshaw's chances of playing Sunday, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, "He's better than he was last week, that's for sure." So take that any way you want to take it.
As for the rest of the division:
Inside linebacker Sean Lee has been fitted with a very large and intimidating cast on his left arm to protect his dislocated wrist. And while that's likely to severely curtail his ability to make interceptions, Lee believes he should be able to play with the cast on and play Sunday against the Bills. The Cowboys need him. The defense hasn't been the same since he left that Eagles game two weeks ago in the first quarter. ... Running back Felix Jones and right guard Kyle Kosier missed practice and their status for the Buffalo game is up in the air, as is that of punter Mat McBriar, who has a foot injury but apparently did do some punting in practice.
Safety Nate Allen missed practice with a concussion and I wouldn't count on him for the game Sunday against the Cardinals. Left guard Evan Mathis also missed practice with a toe injury, and that's a potential problem. Mathis has been one of the best guards in the whole league this year and a key to the Eagles' league-leading rush offense. It sounds as though the plan for replacing him, if they have to, is utility lineman King Dunlap, who would look pretty doggone big there.
Safety LaRon Landry has a sore Achilles' tendon and missed practice, which isn't good because the defense is about all the Redskins have going for them at this point. And as if to support that notion, right tackle Jammal Brown is out with a groin injury. The Redskins are not a team that can absorb another offensive line injury, folks. We'll keep an eye on that one.