NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins



Despite another disappointing loss, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that they won’t be making any coaching changes next week. 

“We’ll line them up here next week,” Jones said, via Pro Football Talk. “We’re going to go practice, and we’re going to try to win a football game. Everybody that’s in here that’s healthy will be playing, and everybody who is in here coaching will be coaching. We’ve just got to play better.

Cowboys K Brett Maher‘s struggles continued last night. However, he told reporters after the game that he felt like he “hit every ball pretty well.

“I felt like I did a good job staying in my lane this week,” Maher said, via the “I felt like I hit every ball pretty well tonight. I’ll put my head on the pillow tonight feeling good about what I did this week and moving forward.”

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett made it clear that they will consider moving on from Maher and signing one of the three kickers they worked out last week. 

“Obviously, we have to do a close evaluation of it,” Garrett said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “We brought three kickers in earlier in the week. We decided to give Brett an opportunity this week. It didn’t work out. So we have to take a real close, hard look at that.”

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson’s ACL is intact and won’t require surgery. However, Rapoport adds that Wilson has a knee sprain and is a candidate for Injured Reserve based on the time of year. 
  • Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said that they won’t rush LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) back. (Michael Gehlken)
  • Garrett doesn’t anticipate changes coming to his coaching staff.
  • Dak Prescott sprained his left hand and injured the index finger on his right hand on Thursday, but he’s expected to play against Rams. (Michael Gehlken)
  • Cowboys P Chris Jones dealing with an abdomen strain. (Michael Gehlken)
  • Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (ankle) should be able to play in Week 15. 


Eagles QB Carson Wentz believes they’re “shooting [themselves] in the foot” with mistakes on offense right now. 

It seems almost every week it’s something different,” Wentz said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’re either shooting ourselves in the foot, I’m turning the ball over, missing throws, you know, that is the situation. It’s the consistency. The lack of it is frustrating.


  • Giants HC Pat Shurmur reiterated that Eli Manning will likely be their starting quarterback for Monday’s game against the Eagles. (Pat Leonard)
  • Shurmur added that Daniel Jones won’t practice on Friday and is “unlikely” to play this week.
  • According to Shurmur, all indications are that TE Evan Engram will be ready to go on Monday. (Matt Lombardo)
  • Giants WR Golden Tate has officially cleared the concussion protocol and will play Monday nigh.


Redskins LT Trent Williams tells Les Carpenter of the Washington Post that Bruce Allen’s decision to place him on the non-football injury list and then withhold his salary shows “how behind the times” Allen is.

“It just goes to show you how behind the times [Allen] is, and he still tries to use that money to hold it over black athletes,” Williams said.

Williams reiterated that he can’t see any way for the two sides to repair their fractured relationship. 

“I don’t see how it can be reconciled,” Williams said. “At the end of the day I’m a human being, I ain’t like a dog and you can slap s— out of me and I’m going to come back the next morning with my tail wagging. This was a conscious decision, they didn’t burn the bridge by accident. This was something they felt comfortable doing, so I got to feel comfortable with moving on, too.”

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