NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins


  • Michael Gehlken reports that Cowboys NT Antwaun Woods (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI, but the initial sense is one of relief. According to Gehlken, Woods is believed to have a sprained left MCL and there’s confidence he avoided a season-ending outcome.
  • Before Sunday’s game, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said of their interest in Dolphins DB Minkah Fitzpatrick: “We’re always making calls to other teams. Certainly Miami is one of them.” (Jon Machota)
  • Jones later said on Monday that there wasn’t a player available worth a first-round pick, which is what Miami is reportedly seeking for Fitzpatrick: “Can’t say that there is anyone right now that we’re looking at on any team that would warrant (trading) a first-round pick that we think might be available.” (Machota)
  • Cowboys signed RB Jordan Chunn to their practice squad. (NFLTR)


  • According to the Athletic’s Zach Berman, Eagles TE Dallas Goedert aggravated a calf injury he picked up during the preseason after the team had already declared its inactive list. He and Zach Ertz were the only two tight ends activated. 
  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson says second-round RB Miles Sanders will get better with more opportunities. (Les Bowen)
  • Eagles RB Corey Clement will likely miss a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is dealing with a calf injury that leaves his status in some doubt, given that the team has two games in the next 10 days. 


So far in 2019, the Giants’ retooled defense has allowed nine touchdowns in only two games. New York has suffered a number of breakdowns in the secondary, as both the Cowboys and Bills carved them up through the air. Giants veteran CB Janoris Jenkins says the blame isn’t solely on his unit, though. 

“When you’ve got time [to throw] and you ain’t getting no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds,” Jenkins said via’s Darryl Slater. “Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He’s not open. If you’re scrambling and there ain’t no pressure getting there, what do you want me to do? I can’t cover this side and that side. Come on, bro. We’ve got to play football around here.”

“I mean, [expletive], it’s true,” Giants LB Lorenzo Carter said. “We’ve got to get pressure on the quarterback. They’ve got to cover. We can always get better [as pass rushers], always get more hits on the quarterback, get more sacks.”


Despite taking early leads in their past two games against divisional opponents — 17-0 against the Eagles last week and 7-0 against the Cowboys Sunday — the Redskins find themselves in an early hole at 0-2.

Though each loss presumably turns up the heat a little bit more on Redskins HC Jay Gruden‘s job security, he says he and the team aren’t hitting the panic button yet. 

“We played two games, and [we’ve] got to keep [issues] in-house and stay together. A lot of people are going to try to tear us apart . . . and deservedly so, probably,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “But we’ve played two very good football teams. . . . We have a young team that’s going to develop and grow. We need veterans to step up and take this team by the throat. I think it will happen. I still feel very optimistic about the future of this football team.”

  • Per ESPN’s John Keim, new Redskins CB Aaron Colvin said the Texans were a “tough fit.” While it was “embarrassing” and “disappointing” getting cut after a blown coverage the day after a loss, Colvin said it was a “relief” to get out of Houston. 
  • Gruden said there’s a chance Redskins QB Colt McCoy could return to individual drills this week. (Keim)

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