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NFC East Training Camp Roundup: Aug.3-Aug. 8

Dan Ciarrocchi, Mike Harar and Sean Patterson take a look at what's been going on with the Redskins' NFC East rivals this week in training camp:

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New York Giants

  • Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is uncertain for Saturday's preseason opener at Pittsburgh due to a groin injury. This is a precautionary measure, as Nicks told the New York Daily Post that if this was a regular season game, he would play. Offensive tackle Justin Pugh (concussion, cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) and guard Chris Snee (hip) will sit out.
  • Justin Tuck's status is also uncertain after missing both Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a sore back. Because both practices were missed, and because of Tuck's veteran status, it's much more likely than not that he sits. Head Coach Tom Coughlin said that this is not what he wants to see from Tuck.
  • It would be a shame if Tuck did sit, however, because if he played, we might get a glimpse of a new defensive role for the eight-year veteran. The Giants have experimented with 3-4 fronts during camp, and have had Tuck rushing from a two-point stance instead of having his hand in the dirt. Whether they deploy that regularly this season will be interesting to see.

Philadelphia Eagles (by: Sean Patterson)

  • However, Greg Salas is getting high praise from the folks of Bleeding Green Nation. Salas may have a real shot to make this team after the hiccups in his NFL career. He's reportedly caught everything thrown his way so far this summer.
  • There was talk of the Eagles' fast-paced offense being too much for NFL officials to handle, but veteran official Scott Green spoke on the matter. "From what I've seen over the last two days (at Eagles training camp), we really didn't have any problem," Green said. "They were running 11-on-11, and we were getting the ball spotted, and it didn't seem out of the ordinary as far as the pace." The pace of the Eagles offense doesn't appear to be a problem after all.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • The team finally got some game action on Sunday night with a 24-20 victory over the Dolphins. For all the worries about the offensive line going in, the team had a dominating rushing performance racking up 170 yards. Phillip Tanner (59) and Joseph Randle (70) got the bulk of the yards. Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray sat out and rookie linebacker Devonte Holloman had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown as the team continued their adjustment to the 4-3 defense.
  • On Tuesday night, the Cowboys had hoped they had found some help with their offensive line woes when they agreed to terms with veteran guard Brandon Moore, who had spent the last 10 years with the Jets and made the Pro Bowl in 2011. To their dismay, he had a change of heart overnight and informed the team Wednesday morning that he was retiring instead.
  • Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne missed practice on Wednesday with a sprained MCL. He will not play in Friday's preseason game against Oakland. Brandon Carr, the other starter at corner, may miss the game as well as he is with his fiancee for the birth of their child.