NFC East News Roundup: Eagles look to squash drama within a QB controversy, Cowboys dealing with injuries to skill players, Giants getting healthier

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Dan Ciarrocchi, Mike Harar and Sean Patterson round-up news and notes on the Redskins' NFC East rivals.

New York Giants

  • There isn't much for the Giants to look forward to this season after starting 0-6, and Monday night's clash with the Vikings and Adrian Peterson won't be any different. Currently, the Giants are allowing an average of 123.3 yards on the ground to opposing teams, which ranks 26th in the NFL. With the Giants likely to play in with high-urgency and with the Vikings easing new quarterback Josh Freeman into the playbook, expect Peterson to be given every opportunity to take-over the game.
  • Fortunately for the Giants, who were decimated by injuries at the season's beginning, their roster continues to get healthier each week. Though David Wilson could potentially be lost for the season with a neck injury, Andre Brown returned to the practice field. Brown was placed in injured reserve/designated for return after sustaining a leg fracture in the team's final week of preseason, and can return as early as Week 10.
  • Looking ahead, Head Coach Tom Coughlin took to the podium on Friday to address the status of Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed practice with an illness, and also talked about his team's dreadful turnover margin of -16. Coughlin called that trend "disturbing" and stressed the importance of his defense making plays and his offense being more careful with the football.

Philadelphia Eagles (by: Sean Patterson)

  • In unconventional fashion, Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles had a joint press conference on Thursday. Vick announced he would not be playing against the Cowboys, and both stressed how much they respected each other and how close their friendship is. This is turning into ne of the most bizarre quarterback controversies of memory.
  • Bleeding Green Nation speculates about possible trades the Eagles could do before the trade deadline. The possible players that the Eagles could trade for include the usual suspects for this season: Jairus Byrd, Josh Gordon, and Greg Little. There are also some interesting notes on players the Eagles could possibly trade, including Bryce Brown and James Casey.
  • The Eagles injury report includes good news for left tackle Jason Peters and tight end James Casey, who were both full participants in practice. Patrick Chung, Chris Polk, Michael Vick and Donnie Jones were all limited in practice. Vick announced he would not play this week against the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • After much back-and-forth speculation throughout the preseason and the first part of the regular season, the Cowboys finally released defensive tackle Jay Ratliff off of the PUP list on Wednesday. Ratliff had battled a hamstring injury all year and apparently did not have a great relationship with team doctors or agree with their opinion of how much time he should miss. Ratliff had spent nine years with the team and thanked the organization following his release.
  • As the Cowboys prepared to face the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday in their second NFC East matchup in as many weeks, the Thursday injury report had few surprises as DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware missed practice. One surprise, however, was that Miles Austin did not practice on Thursday after playing against Washington last week and practicing on Wednesday.
  • Dallas will attempt to win their first away game of the year in Philadelphia, and the winner of the battle between the two 3-3 teams will earn sole possession of first place in their division. The Eagles, who will start Nick Foles at quarterback, will be looking to get their first home victory of the year, as they are 0-2 at Lincoln Financial Field in 2013.
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