Friday, November 25, 2011
Breakfast links: Nnamdi's injury scare
By Dan Graziano
I know, I know, you swore you'd never eat again. You're still stuffed from last night. You need to start exercising again. I feel your pain. But what can I do? I'm not going to let you start your day without your links.
As Art Garcia writes, the Cowboys did not play very well in the secondary Thursday, but the defense toughened up in the red zone when it needed to hold the Dolphins to field goals.
The Cowboys have 10 more days until their next game, and receiver Miles Austin and cornerback Mike Jenkins are both aiming for that Dec. 4 game in Arizona for their returns from their respective injuries.
New York Giants
More problems on the offensive line for the Giants, as left tackle Will Beatty has been ruled out for Monday night's game in New Orleans and right tackle Kareem McKenzie missed Thursday's practice with a toe injury. Also sitting out practice Thursday were running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Michael Boley. They all have an extra day to get ready this week, but it's been quite a while since Bradshaw practiced and it's hard to see how he could be ready in such a short period of time.
It was an extra-special Thanksgiving in the home of Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson, whose wife nearly died from a complication during pregnancy earlier this year. Ohm Youngmisuk has the Tollefson's story.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha injured his knee in practice Thursday and left on a cart. And while fellow corner Joselio Hanson said he was told it wasn't that bad an injury and Asomugha could return to practice today, the Eagles said they needed to do further evaluation. If Asomugha is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, you're going to see a lot of Hanson and a lot more than you've seen so far of Brandon Hughes and Curtis Marsh. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also out due to injury, Asante Samuel -- the guy everybody wanted to trade -- is the only healthy starter remaining.
Sheil Kapadia looked at what needs to happen for the Eagles to pull off a miracle and make the playoffs. Basically, a wild-card berth is nearly impossible and they were really hoping Dan Bailey would miss that kick Thursday night.
Left tackle Trent Williams has apparently avoided a serious knee injury and says he thinks he could be ready to play Sunday in Seattle. Good news for the Skins if he can, since the line was an absolute mess when the 2010 first-rounder had to sit out earlier in the year.
Your team isn't having a great year when your punter is a candidate for team MVP. But Sav Rocca has been one of the most reliable Redskins performers this season, as Rich Campbell writes.