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NFC East news roundup: Eagles commit five turnovers in loss, Giants prepare for mobile QBs, Cowboys will depend on ailing Claiborne

Dan Ciarrocchi and Mike Harar give their semi-weekly roundup of news from the Redskins' division rivals.


New York Giants

  • The Giants made it a point this offseason to be better prepared for running quarterbacks, and they will get their first test on Sunday when Cam Newton and the Panthers come to town. Before the season is over, the Giants will have to face Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III two times each, as well as Terrelle Pryor and Russell Wilson once.

  • Cornerback Chris Webster headlines the injury report this week for the Giants with a hip injury. Webster missed practice along with Quarterback Ryan Nassib (ankle), offensive lineman Brandon Mosley (back), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb).
  • The Giants are still searching for the pass-rushing impact of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has a sack through two games but little else in the way of pressure. Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery this offseason and insists he is pain-free, but he has yet to show up on tape like he has in past years.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • The Eagles were dealt their second straight home loss on Thursday night when the Chiefs jumped out to an early lead and won handily, 26-16. Jamaal Charles paved the way with 172 total yards and a touchdown, while Donnie Avery caught seven passes for 141 yards. The Eagles committed four first-half turnovers and struggled to sustain drives with their new-look offense. Quarterback Michael Vick was routinely pressured, namely by linebacker Justin Houston, who recorded a whopping 4.5 sacks. On Houston's last sack, late in the fourth quarter, Vick appeared to have injured his ankle and did not return.
  • Running back LeSean McCoy sucked the air out of Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night after he suffered a right leg injury and headed toward the locker room. Despite visibly being in a great deal of pain, McCoy returned to the game in the second half to cap off his second 100-yard game of the season.
  • Also on Thursday, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had his No. 5 retired in a halftime ceremony on a night where his longtime head coach Andy Reid was present. McNabb holds Eagles franchise records in every major passing category.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • After aggravating his back injury last week, Dez Bryant returned to the practice field on Thursday but was limited. Fellow starters DeMarcus Ware, who is battling a neck issue, and Morris Claiborne, who separated his shoulder in Week 1, also participated on a limited basis.
  • The Cowboys are hoping Claiborne, who will most likely continue to play with a harness supporting his shoulder, can play more effectively this Sunday against the Rams. When healthy, the team feels he can be a stellar performer. However, last week when he was playing in pain, he missed a tackle on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles in the third quarter and then was called for the game clinching pass interference late in the fourth quarter. Orlando Scandrick took his spot in the starting lineup in Week 2 and may have to do so again this week.
  • Heading into Week Three, Blogging the Boys notes that the Cowboys' offense will need to be more effective running the ball and keep Tony Romo upright. On defense, Dallas will need to contain the Rams' talented rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin and use their pass rush to take advantage of a questionable St. Louis offensive line.