Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Breakfast links: Nnamdi OK after scare
By Dan Graziano
Yeah, so, if you just woke up, 3-0 was in fact the final score. I know, I know, but don't worry. I have links.
New York Giants
We already discussed the Giants activating wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from the physically-unable-to-perform list right on schedule, but there are other potentially distressing injury issues with the Giants, including a Michael Boley hamstring injury that has Tom Coughlin annoyed and a Shaun Rogers leg injury that threatens their depth at defensive tackle.
Paul Schwartz reports that safety Antrel Rolle played last season with two torn rotator cuffs, which I guess really means he was speaking from a position of strength Dec. 18 when he called out his teammates for not practicing in spite of minor injuries.
Nnamdi Asomugha got a big scare in Monday's practice when he collided with safety Nate Allen, and he appears to be pretty banged up. But the Eagles let everyone know Monday night that Asomugha had no concussion symptoms, which is encouraging news. We'll see how long it takes him to get back to practice.
Jeff McLane says 2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett has the look of a draft bust and isn't assured of a roster spot. Jarrett entered camp as the backup to starting safety Allen, but he didn't play well in last week's preseason opener and hasn't shown the Eagles the kind of development for which they were hoping.
Rich Campbell writes of the developing bond between rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Pierre Garcon -- a connection that has to make the Redskins' coaches happy the stronger it grows.
In this Mark Maske notebook, we get information on Trent Williams' foot injury, Chris Neild's knee injury and the battle for the backup quarterback spot, which saw Kirk Cousins getting the second-team reps in Monday's practice.
The only injury of significance to come out of the Cowboys' preseason opener was the broken left thumb of rookie linebacker Kyle Wilber, who's out four weeks now. I do not know what kind of role they have been planning for Wilber on defense this year, but he got off the edge to force Matt Leinart into a bad throw in Monday's game before the injury.
The Cowboys are going glass-half-full with center-in-progress David Arkin, focusing on the good things he did Monday rather than the bad ones. And he did look better in the game than he did last week in practice, when he briefly got taken off the field after a series of bad snaps. No bad snaps Monday, and the education of Arkin at center continues.