NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins


  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Cowboys S Xavier Woods is expected to miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. 
  • NFL Media’s Jane Slater reports the Cowboys aren’t interested in trading for Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey
  • Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said “there’s not a big difference” between the team and representatives for QB Dak Prescott in contract negotiations: “We’re already up there in rare air in terms of where the money is.” (Machota)
  • However, Dallas apparently hasn’t offered Prescott more than the four-year, $134 million with $110 million guaranteed deal that the Rams gave QB Jared Goff: “I wouldn’t say it’s fair to say that. Any time you get in that top-five area, you think a lot of somebody.”
  • Cowboys DE Robert Quinn‘s two-game suspension ended this week and HC Jason Garrett is excited for Quinn to juice up Dallas’ 28th-ranked pass rush: “He’s a really good player. He’s a very good pass rusher. He’s demonstrated that throughout his career, and he’s a really willing run defender.”



  • According to CBS Sports’ Joel Corry, Giants QB Eli Manning has a no-trade clause in his contract that he would need to waive if New York wanted to deal him. 
  • ESPN’s Chris Mortensen doesn’t believe Manning would want to play for a different team at this point in his career despite losing the starting job to first-round QB Daniel Jones


Redskins HC Jay Gruden pushed back against a report that he didn’t like RB Adrian Peterson‘s “north-south” running style. Gruden deactivated Peterson in Week 1 because the plan was to make Derrius Guice the feature back and Peterson didn’t play special teams. However, Peterson was active and starting for the Redskins in Week 2 following Guice’s injury, which Gruden said he was completely comfortable with. 

“You want north-south running backs. I don’t think you want east-west backs, that’s for sure,” Gruden said via NBC Sports’ Ethan Cadeaux. “[Peterson] is a north-south runner. . . . When he gets going north-south, what that does is creates a physical mentality for our offense. Our linemen love it, and it opens up our play-action passes. We do love north-south backs.”

However, Gruden acknowledged that Peterson’s skillset presented certain limitations the team has to work around. 

“What that does, sometimes, ya know it’s hard when he’s in the game,” Gruden said. “Like yesterday we were in 11 personnel and they put base on the field and said ‘heck you’re just not going to run it’ and you know we had to throw it.”

  • According to USA Today’s Mike Jones, there’s still no movement between the Redskins and LT Trent Williams. Neither side is budging and Washington is not engaging in trade talks. 
  • The Redskins won’t be involved in trade discussions for Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, per NBC Sports’ JP Finlay.

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