Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Breakfast links: A Dez-vastating injury?
By Dan Graziano
Morning. It is Tuesday, which is always a busy day here on the ESPN.com NFL blog network. The chat will return today after a two-week hiatus, and we'll also have Power Rankings and knee-jerk reactions and you can always take a look at the Playoff Machine if you're bored at work. Seriously, you gotta do it. Tell your boss I said it was OK. Links.
New York Giants
The Giants are waiting on test results on Ahmad Bradshaw's knee, which he injured in Sunday's victory over New Orleans. If Bradshaw can't play, rookie David Wilson is likely to see a lot more carries all of a sudden, and you're liable to see both Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin active for the Giants at running back. That was ... well ... not the plan when the season started. Bradshaw's pretty tough. It would take a lot to knock him out for a long period of time. The question might be more about how effective he can be with a sore knee in addition to the foot and neck problems he was already having.
Speaking of playing in pain, Tom Coughlin says that's just something wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is going to have to do for the rest of this season. Nicks' knee problems are only going to get better with offseason rest.
Robert Griffin III's father, who in this space shall forever be known as "RG II," is telling the Washington Post in text messages that his son is planning and expecting to play Sunday in Cleveland in spite of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's comeback victory over Baltimore. Neither RG II nor RG III gets to make that decision, however. It will be made by someone with the last name of Shanahan. And knowing those dudes, I wouldn't expect that decision anytime soon.
In non-RG III news, previously infallible rookie running back Alfred Morris has had a little fumble thing crop up the past couple of weeks. He's not happy about it. He's working on it. He's getting help from fullback Darrel Young, among others. Morris is a determined guy, and I don't think he's going to be satisfied if he ends up being a flash in the pan. A serious fumble problem would push him in that direction.
Case you missed it Monday night, the Cowboys got some potentially lousy news about top wide receiver Dez Bryant, who might possibly need season-ending surgery on his finger. Hard to imagine the Cowboys could keep up their recent stretch of quality play if they lost Bryant, who's caught seven touchdown passes in their past five games.
Josh Brent, who is out on bond after being charged with intoxication manslaughter for the car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown early Saturday morning, was at the Cowboys' team facility Monday and would like to attend Brown's memorial service Tuesday. Cannot imagine the feeling with which Brent has to live for the rest of his life as a result of the stupid and terrible decision he made Saturday.
Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is interviewing for the head-coaching job at Temple University, which is his alma mater. Good for him if he can jump. No reason to stay with the Eagles. Housecleaning coming.
There is no greater meaning in the fact that the Eagles managed to win a game Sunday for the first time in 10 weeks. Nothing changes about the future that awaits Andy Reid and the rest of the organization once this season ends on Dec. 30. But doggone it, it sure felt good just to win a game for a change.