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NFL News & Notes: Cowboys, Haynesworth, Favre

  • Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Ryan Mathews is unlikely to play on Sunday which should open up the door for another solid game out of Mike Tolbert.
  • Thanks to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, we now know that Beanie Wells underwent a surgery to repair a torn MCL a few weeks ago. The Cardinals did a great job of keeping the surgery a secret until Wells was able to return to the field.
  • Adam Schefter reports that the Miami Dolphins have claimed OT Patrick Brown off of waivers from the New York Jets.
  • It appears that Albert Haynesworth is healthy and ready for game action. Rick Maese of the Washington Post says that Haynesworth’s ankle has finally recovered which should make him available against the St Louis Rams this weekend. Although Mike Shanahan was unwilling to guarantee that Haynesworth will play this Sunday.
  • Jerry Jones extended Wade Phillips a vote of confidence for whatever that is worth. Jones, in an interview with KRLD-FM radio in Dallas, continued to show support for the Cowboys coaching staff despite their 0-2 start to the season.
  • Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that Brett Favre will receive another lubricant shot to his surgically repaired ankle following Sunday’s game against the Lions.
  • The New York Jets should have their All-Pro center Nick Mangold back for their game against the Dolphins. This report comes from ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini.
  • It appears that the Cleveland Browns will start Seneca Wallace for the second straight week. Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that Jake Delhomme is still dealing with a high ankle sprain and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
  • Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins will release WR Brandon Banks to make room for Ryan Torian who should become the teams backup running back ahead of Keiland Williams.