NFC East: NFL Injury Wire

Joseph, Fiedorowicz practice fully

September, 18, 2014
Sep 18
HOUSTON -- Two Houston Texans moved from the limited participation list to the Texans' lengthy full participation list on today's injury report -- cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot) and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot).

Fiedorowicz missed last week's game in Oakland. Earlier this week, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said it looked like Fiedorowicz would probably be ok to play, but they haven't made any final determinations yet.

Running back Arian Foster (hamstring), guard Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow) were limited today, as they were yesterday.

Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness) and safety Shiloh Keo (calf) did not practice. Clowney actually made a brief appearance in the locker room during the open period today. He had a sleeve on his surgically repaired knee, but no brace, and didn't appear to have a limp. Clowney had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Hopkins caught a bug, but is expected to play Sunday.

For the New York Giants, punter Steve Weatherford, who didn't practice yesterday, returned to practice on a limited basis. Linebacker Jon Beason (foot/ankle), receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) and linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) did not practice. In addition to Weatherford, offensive tackles James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) were limited.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants lost another game Sunday, and lost two key defensive players as well.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered injuries in the Giants’ 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and their availability for next week and beyond is uncertain.

Beason and Thurmond both exited the game in the second half and did not return. Beason suffered a toe injury, and will undergo an X-ray and MRI. Coach Tom Coughlin said he thinks it is the same toe Beason injured in the spring, which caused him to miss the entire preseason.

Thurmond suffered a pectoral injury and said he will have tests done Monday as well.

“It’s kind of sore right now,” Thurmond said. “Hopefully it’s not too bad, where I can come back very quickly from this. I’ll know more in the next couple days.”

Beason was credited with turning the Giants’ defense around last season after coming over via trade from the Carolina Panthers in October, and he was named a defensive captain prior to the start of this regular season.

His injury left the Giants very thin at linebacker, since rookie Devon Kennard was inactive due to a hamstring injury. Mark Herzlich, primarily a special teams player, had to enter in Beason’s place.

Thurmond is the Giants’ third cornerback but plays a lot, with teams using three and four wide-receiver sets so frequently. Trumaine McBride stepped in for Thurmond -- McBride did play very well last season for the Giants after replacing the injured and ineffective Corey Webster.
NEW YORK -- Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul should be on the field when the New York Giants hold their first practice of the week on Wednesday.

Pierre-Paul exited Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions with an injury to the neck/shoulder area but did return to the game, finishing with four tackles.

"I'm sure we'll monitor it, but he really felt good after the game, and this morning as well," coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday, on a conference call with reporters. "We'll list him as limited, but I think the fact that he came back and played and played with good energy, finished the game, didn't seem to have any issues, I think that's a good sign."

Coughlin did not have an update yet on punter Steve Weatherford, who suffered an ankle injury against the Lions. Weatherford was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Stay tuned.

Man in the middle: Jon Beason played 44 of a possible 68 snaps against the Lions, despite missing the entire preseason recovering from a foot injury.

Beason admitted feeling pretty sore on Tuesday.

"It is a big transition," the middle linebacker said. "Plus, for me, it came down to the last test, which was running around on turf. It is extremely rigid and not really forgiving, whereas grass is, but it is still the time of year where we try to take care of our joints and our bodies by practicing on grass right now.

"Getting out there and moving around full-speed on turf was definitely an adjustment and you could feel the impact of the turf versus the grass. I was able to come out, and being sore today was something the training staff anticipated. We are going to work to get it calmed down so I’m ready to go tomorrow."

As for the Giants' defense, which gave up 35 points and 341 passing yards on Monday, Beason saw "a lack of collective execution" when watching the game on film.

"You play 60 snaps or whatever it was yesterday and if every guy who plays has one or two mental [mistakes], you can't win a game that way, unfortunately," he said. "That is a problem, but it is a problem that we can control. If there is one positive, that's it. We just need to do our job and trust that the man next to us is going to do their job and try to be consistent at it."

The bright side? There was little for Giants fans to be excited about in the loss to the Lions, but Coughlin did find a couple positives after reviewing the game tape.

"I thought that for the most part we did a good job against the run defensively," Coughlin said. The Lions rushed the ball 30 times for 76 yards, with Reggie Bush & Co. averaging just 2.5 yards per carry.

"I thought our punt return game showed a little bit of life, which I was pleased to see," Coughlin said. Preston Parker had two returns for 30 yards.

"We had four penalties, which was definitely an improvement," Coughlin said. The Giants committed 44 penalties in five preseason games, an average of nearly nine per game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have a decision to make on linebacker Jon Beason by Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for final roster cuts. If Beason is to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list, he'll have to do so before the deadline and count against the team's 53-man roster. Asked whether that will happen, Beason said Friday, "Hopefully," and then left the locker room without speaking further.

The Giants' plan as of now is to activate Beason, who missed all of training camp with a foot injury but believes he'll be healthy enough to practice next week and play in the Sept. 8 Monday Night season opener in Detroit. That plan could change between now and 4 p.m. Saturday depending on how he feels and possibly some other decisions, but as of now it looks as though Beason will be available to the Giants in Week 1, even if he's not healthy enough to start and play as much as he normally would.

In other Giants news:
  • Cornerback Prince Amukamara said he's fully healed from his groin injury and expects to practice next week without restriction. Amukamara said he could have played Thursday night if it had been a real game.
  • Guard Geoff Schwartz is a candidate for the short-term injured reserve list, which would cost him the first eight weeks of the season. Schwartz said Friday that he hoped to be back sooner than that, and that the team hadn't broached the topic with him. In order to use the short-term IR designation on Schwartz, the Giants would have to put him on their 53-man roster Saturday and then designate him for IR early next week. So unless they believe he'll be out for the whole season (which they do not) , the Giants will delay the decision on Schwartz.
  • Kick return specialist Trindon Holliday, who has missed almost all of camp with a hamstring injury, said he believes he'll be ready to practice next week. The question is whether the Giants will put Holliday on the 53-man roster Saturday, or whether they'll cut him and look at other options. Holliday and Odell Beckham Jr., who also has missed all of camp with a hamstring injury, are the top two candidates at punt returner, so if the Giants believe they have a need there they could cut Holliday and keep someone like wide receiver Preston Parker for punt returns. But if they really believe Holliday is healthy enough to practice next week, they could keep him and use someone like Rueben Randle as the fallback on punt returns.
  • Fullback Henry Hynoski (shoulder) and guard Eric Herman (leg) went for tests on their injuries from Thursday night. The team does not think Hynoski's injury is serious. They don't think Herman's is, either, but Herman is suspended for the first four games of the season for a drug violation anyway, so he has plenty of time to get healthy.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' struggling offensive line lost a key piece in the first half of Friday night's preseason game when left guard Geoff Schwartz was carted off the field with a toe injury.

The Giants later announced that Schwartz had a dislocated toe, which is relatively good news considering the other possibilities that seemed to exist when he was carted off in obvious pain. It's unclear how much time he'll have to miss, but a fracture would have been more significant and potentially devastating to an offensive line that's already having a terrible time in pass protection.

Rookie Weston Richburg replaced Schwartz at left guard with the first-team offense and would be the most likely candidate to fill in if Schwartz misses any time.

Also injured in Friday's game for the Giants were defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (lower leg), wide receiver Marcus Harris (shoulder) and cornerback Zack Bowman (triceps). Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also came out of the game briefly with an apparent knee injury but did return to the field.

We hope to have further updates on all of these injuries for you after the game ends.

Redskins' DeAngelo Hall hurts back

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
RICHMOND, Va. -- Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall injured his back during this morning's practice and was carted from the sidelines to the facility. Hall fell hard to the ground after defending a pass play, and as he stood on the sidelines, his back bothered him more.

 A Redskins spokesman later said Hall had been examined and suffered a bruise and was receiving treatment. Coach Jay Gruden will update Hall’s situation in his regularly-scheduled press conference at 3:50 p.m.

Tracy Porter replaced Hall during the rest of the full-team work. Hall, who is having a solid camp, is the Redskins’ No. 1 corner and is coming off a strong season. The Redskins need him to stay healthy with Porter coming off offseason shoulder surgery and still not ready to hit full-time. The Redskins are high on rookie corner Bashaud Breeland, but the fourth-round pick is still learning the position in the NFL.
SAN DIEGO -- Ahmad Dixon's start to Dallas Cowboys' training camp was relatively quiet. The rookie safety’s play in the first preseason game wasn’t.

Dixon, a seventh-round pick out of Baylor, led the Cowboys with 11 tackles in Thursday’s 27-7 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers. He also didn’t finish the game because of a concussion.

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AP Photo/Jae C. HongSafety Ahmad Dixon, jumping, was full of energy in the preseason opener against San Diego. He led Dallas with 11 tackles.
Dixon was involved in the first-team nickel defense with safety Jeff Heath moving to the slot out of necessity considering the Cowboys’ dearth of cornerbacks. Dixon remained in the game until suffering a concussion while making one of his tackles. He was a little woozy and the athletic training staff was able to take him off the field.

He was replaced by Johnny Thomas, who signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday and has yet to practice with the team.

"I thought for a guy who is young and hasn’t played that much, he seemed to show up," coach Jason Garrett said of Dixon. "Now, we’ll have to go back and evaluate how he covered and how he did some other things defending the run. But for the most part when you make some of those tackles that he did, TFLs and also his open-field plays, that shows up pretty well in his first game."

Dixon was known as a big hitter in college. That showed up. As did a late job picking up a tight end on an 18-yard reception on third-and-7 in the third quarter.

But there were some encouraging signs.

"He was coming downhill like a rocket," safety Barry Church said. "Reminded me of myself a little bit. But he played good. He made a lot of tackles, wrapping up well. He’s just got to get those assignments clear and he’s going to be a good player for us."

He also might need to adjust the way he tackles.

"He’s got to stop leading with the crown of your helmet," Church said. "That’s something he’ll learn over time."
RICHMOND, Va. -- With several Washington Redskins sidelined for Thursday, here’s a look at who will be impacted:

Wide receiver. Pierre Garcon (hamstring) won’t play, and DeSean Jackson (ankle) might not play. The Redskins already know what Santana Moss can do, but he'll get moved up as will Aldrick Robinson. The latter has done what he has always done -- impressed the coaches with his speed and the possibilities and left them wanting more consistency from his hands. Also, rookie Ryan Grant will benefit. It would be nice to see him work against starting-caliber corners. Grant has done very well against backups and younger corners.

Strong safety. Phillip Thomas (hamstring) will not play. It’s a tough one for Thomas, who missed all of last season after a Lisfranc injury early in the first preseason game. Thomas needs to play. But his absence means players such as Akeem Davis will get a better opportunity once starter Brandon Meriweather exits. Davis probably knows the defense as well as anyone, but he has to transfer that knowledge onto the field. Is he a smart player or just a future coach? We’ll start to find out.

Free safety. Starter Ryan Clark (hamstring) is out. Nobody had a more up-and-down season last year than Bacarri Rambo. He was given the starting job from day one of training camp and opened the season that way. But he struggled to tackle, especially in the open field. Rule No. 1 at free safety: Get the man down any way, any how. It’s difficult to gauge the safeties in camp because there’s no live tackling; even when physical it’s inconsistent. So Rambo has a chance to prove he’s better. If he stays the same then keep an eye on Trenton Robinson, who also will get more chances to prove he's more than just a special teamer. And keep an eye on Rambo with special teams. That ranked as one of the bigger disappointments last year, that a sixth-round safety wasn't more competitive on special teams. Robinson can help in this area.

Defensive end. Jason Hatcher (knee) won’t play but could return to practice next week. Jarvis Jenkins will start at right end, and he’s having a solid camp. Jenkins needs to develop as a pass rusher and showed more in that area during practices against his teammates. His main job always will be to help set up linebackers to stop the run. He has started before so this opportunity is nothing new.
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jason Hatcher should be ready for training camp and the Washington Redskins say there’s no reason to worry. His knee issues will be corrected. But anytime a soon-to-be 32-year-old is coming off any type of surgery, there’s always a level of concern.

And when that player is a pivotal part of the defensive strategy, a finger needs to be crossed that he’ll remain healthy.

One part of the Redskins’ offseason that I didn’t like was the inability to get much younger defensively. You can’t fix everything in one offseason, but my concern for months has been the age of the defense and the changes it might need to undergo. The Washington Post’s Jason Reid wrote about it here.

Washington’s defensive front could have quality depth, giving the Redskins more flexibility than in recent seasons. Or it could have some broken-down parts that struggle to get through the season. The Skins will potentially have five defensive linemen who are at least 30 years old. Stephen Bowen is coming off microfracture knee surgery. Nose tackle Barry Cofield, who had a hernia operation in the offseason, saw his production wane in the second half of last season. Both are in the 30-and-over category.

For the Redskins’ pass rush to improve, they need a healthy Hatcher to provide an inside threat to the outside combination of Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. If Hatcher is healthy, teams can’t just focus on the perimeter, as they’ve been able do the past two years. If he’s not ...

The Skins need Cofield to give them consistent quality play (the depth will give him more rest; in the first half of last season, he was good). They need Chris Baker, whom they’re high on, to also help in their nickel packages in his most expansive role. They need Jarvis Jenkins to become a threat in the pass game, something he has not yet been.

The Redskins’ front has potential. It also has concerns. The defense depends on those concerns being alleviated.
IRVING, Texas -- How much does Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo want to practice during this week’s minicamp? He went so far as to snag Caleb Hanie’s practice jersey and sneak into the huddle during Tuesday’s practice.

“It was pretty obvious that the jersey was a little snug on him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “That’s when I looked and said, ‘Get him out of the huddle.’ He’s a competitive guy. He wants to play. He wants to be out there. We have the conversation every morning about how many reps he’s going to get and the answer is the same. We’re going to get through the minicamp. He’s going to continue to do what he’s been doing, do the walkthrough-type stuff, do the individual work and then once we get to training camp we think he’s going to be more ready to go.”

The Cowboys have followed the plan that was laid out after Romo underwent a discectomy last December, his second back surgery in less than 12 months. They report to Oxnard, California, for training camp on July 22 and will have their first practice July 24.

“We won’t run him up the middle drill several times,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, “but other than that he should be ready to do the things you’d expect him to do.”

Even though Romo has not taken a snap with the team in competitive drills, he believes the offseason has been a success. Last year Romo missed the entire offseason after having a cyst removed from his back and took part in every training camp practice.

He arrived in Southern California last summer before the Cowboys to work on his conditioning. Jones said Romo spent time, “uniquely running mountains.” Romo said he would probably go through a similar pre-training camp before reporting to camp.

“Miles ahead of last year,” Romo said of his conditioning. “I don’t think they’re comparable. I think last year I was just starting around this point so this year I’ve had whatever [number of] months to kind of get myself into feeling like I can go. Now it’s going to be more perfecting as opposed to just trying to hammer everything out in four weeks, three weeks.”
ORLANDO, Fla. -- While the Dallas Cowboys project quarterback Tony Romo and defensive tackle Henry Melton will be ready for Week 1 of the 2014 season, their availability for the offseason program, starting April 21 is in question.

Romo, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones, is ahead of schedule from his recovery from back surgery. Jones said Romo has done some throwing motions but stopped short of saying he was throwing passes to receivers.

There are no guarantees Romo will be throwing passes during the spring OTAs and minicamps.

"We feel like he’s right on schedule and hopefully will be ready to go once we get out on the field in the spring," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning at the NFL owners meetings. "He’s moving around. He hasn’t been out on the field or anything like that yet. By all accounts he’s doing well."

Melton is recovering from a torn ACL, suffered in the third game of the 2013 season. Medical officials told Melton he should be ready for training camp but in terms of working out with the team this spring, like Romo, that's uncertain.

"Like all of the injured players he’s just going through his rehab process, right now," Garrett said. "He had the surgery, I believe in October. We feel like it’s a reasonable timetable to see him at some point this spring or training camp. He’s responded well to the surgery."

There is some good news regrading injuries. Middle linebacker Sean Lee, who missed the final stages of the 2013 season with a torn ligament in his neck, has been cleared to work out and should be fine for the spring sessions.

Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware has surgery

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware had successful surgery on his right elbow and is not expected to miss any time during the offseason program, according to sources close to Ware.

Ware had been bothered by the elbow injury the past two years but was recently diagnosed with a nerve issue. In a recent interview with, Ware explained that when he would bend his elbow the nerve would be exposed, and when it would get hit it would cause pain. Larry Allen had a similar surgery following the 2001 season and did not have an issue again.

Ware missed three games last season because of a quadriceps strain and was held to a career-low six sacks. With the Cowboys needing to make several salary-cap driven decisions this offseason, the team could approach him about re-working his contract. He is set to make $12.25 million this year and count $16 million against the salary cap.

Ware wants to practice more too

February, 13, 2014
Feb 13
IRVING, Texas -- Earlier in the offseason, coach Jason Garrett said DeMarcus Ware needs to practice more if he wants to return to Pro Bowl form.

Ware agrees.

“I feel when I practice more or just practice in general I do play better,” Ware said. “When you’re out there, you do your reps, you’ve seen it, but there’s nothing like simulating going against full speed.”

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AP Photo/James D. SmithDeMarcus Ware has missed a lot of practice time the past two seasons, which may help explain his declining stats.
With hamstring, quadriceps, shoulder, back and elbow injuries in 2012 and ’13, Ware felt he would be better served being stronger on game day than aggravating an injury in practice.

“My mentality is if there’s anything, I’m going to play through it,” Ware said. “If you want me to play in a game, I’m going to give all I got. What I would do in practice, the contact stuff I wouldn’t make it through it so I wouldn’t do it. Let me get a couple of run plays in here so I can see the runs, see the plays and what they do. With the pass rush, if we’ve got some stunts, I want to go through that so I got the timing right.”

Garrett believes the time off impacted Ware’s numbers. In 2012-13, Ware was on the daily injury report 57 times. He has been listed as a full participant 14 times. He has been listed as limited 22 times and as did not practice 21 times. Of the 96 practices the past two seasons in which a daily injury report was filed with the league, Ware was limited or out 43 times.

In the last two seasons Ware has recorded 17.5 sacks. In 2010-11, Ware was on the daily injury report 18 times. He was listed as a full participant twice, limited 11 times and did not practice five times. In those seasons he had 35 sacks.

"He's missed a lot of practice time over the last couple of years because of all these injuries and that's something that can impact a player, even a player of his caliber," Garrett said earlier in the offseason. "You need to practice. You need to make sure you have the skills necessary to play your best come Sunday and he's done an amazing job from a mental and physical toughness standpoint of playing in these games. We've got to get him to the point where he's healthy and he can practice and get himself ready to play the way he's capable of playing."
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff practiced with an asterisk Thursday.

Wolff, who has missed five of six games with a knee injury, was listed as a full participant in Thursday’s session. He said his knee felt better than it has since being injured in Green Bay in November.

Normally that would be a good sign that Wolff will be ready to play. But here’s the asterisk: Because the Eagles are playing the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, the Thursday practice was more like a light Friday session. Wolff didn’t exactly have to push himself. After the practice, he went through some extra drills to test the knee.

“It was football activity, what I would go through in a game,” Wolff said. “It didn’t bother me. I felt better than I did last week and the week before. I feel like it also depends on how I feel tomorrow, if I’m real sore.”

As for playing Saturday night, Wolff said it would be up to the coaches and training staff.

“It’s not my call anymore,” he said. “It’s their call.”

Defensive coordinator Bill Davis is faced with several less-than-ideal choices. Veteran Patrick Chung lost his job to Wolff earlier in the season. He has not exactly been Troy Polamalu since returning to the starting lineup.

Kurt Coleman had been splitting time with Chung before pulling a hamstring in Minnesota. Coleman played in Dallas, but was limited to special teams duty. He has practiced with the first team this week, but has been on the field for just 6 percent of the Eagles’ defensive plays all season.

If Wolff is physically ready, there’s still the issue of getting back up to game speed. When he tried to return against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, the plan was for Chung to start and Wolff to ease back in. But he aggravated the knee on his first series and hasn’t played since.

“Earl has to practice if he's going to play” head coach Chip Kelly said. “If that’s your question, yeah, he's got to get out there at some point in time.”

It is unclear whether Thursday’s light workout counted in Kelly’s mind.

What is clear is that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is going to test the Eagles' safeties -- whether Wolff, Coleman or Chung is out there alongside Nate Allen -- until they prove they aren’t the weak link in the defense.

No surgery for Cowboys' Sean Lee

December, 30, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sean Lee missed the final three games of the Dallas Cowboys' regular season because of a neck injury but the team does not believe the injury will affect the middle linebacker's offseason preparation.

"We think this is a time thing," coach Jason Garrett said. "We don't think it's a surgery thing."

Lee suffered a sprained ligament in his neck in the Dec. 9 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys kept hoping Lee could return for a possible playoff appearance and did not place him on injured reserve.

Lee was replaced by DeVonte Holloman in the starting lineup in the past two games. He finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two sacks in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Seemed like he handled the situation well," Garrett said. "He is a young player and really hasn't played that much linebacker. He was a safety when we drafted him who played down around the line of scrimmage. The strides that he made over the course of the season to be able to handle that responsibility is really impressive."