NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants


  • According to USA Today’s Jori Epstein, Cowboys DC Dan Quinn will fill in for HC Mike McCarthy on Thursday with McCarthy in the COVID-19 protocols.
  • Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb said he’s out of concussion protocol: “I feel a lot better but it felt like the longest week of my life for sure.” (Calvin Watkins)
  • Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been playing through a right knee injury, but says it has gotten better and he hasn’t been asked to rest it: “It has gotten better.” (Jon Machota)
  • Elliott recognizes both he and the team are going to do what they can to manage his workload with an extended season, and points out RB Tony Pollard is more than capable of handling the workload when he’s not on the field: “It’s a long season. We plan on playing late into the playoffs, so I think Tony is a very good back. I don’t think there’s any drop-off when I’m not on the field. He’s been doing a hell of a job just stepping up.” (Machota)
  • Cowboys first-round LB Micah Parsons is excited to get DE DeMarcus Lawrence back in the team’s rotation: “He’s back, and he participated (in practice). Obviously, he’s a great threat, one of the best edge defenders in the NFL…We’re all very happy to have him back…I could tell he’s real hungry. He couldn’t wait to get back.” (Michael Gehlken)


Eagles QB Jalen Hurts told reporters after the game the first-half turnovers put his team in a bad hole and he took the blame for the loss.

Today, I put us in a bad situation,” Hurts said, via “I put us in a bad situation with those turnovers that I had in the first half.

Hurts didn’t accept that the drops or late-game fumble had anything to do with the loss. He accepted the blame for everything that happened in the game.

Not pointing fingers,” Hurts said. “It’s not on (WR) Jalen Reagor, it’s not on anybody else late in the game. Put it on me.

The Eagles had a chance to win late in the game, but the first-half turnovers proved to be insurmountable. 

“I know a game like this, everybody is going to take accountability for the things they didn’t do, and that’s the mentality that we have as a team — good, bad or indifferent — everybody is going to hold themselves accountable for the things they did and the things they didn’t do,” Hurts said. “I know, as the quarterback of this team, that’s who I am. I put this team in a bad situation in the first half. I put us in a very bad situation, and [we were] very close to digging ourselves out of it, but it wasn’t enough.

  • Eagles HC Nick Sirianni told the media Hurts was “a little bit hobbled” with an ankle injury over the course of the game. (Tim McManus)
  • On Monday, Sirianni added Hurts has a sore ankle and he didn’t say whether he will play this week. (Jeff McLane)
  • Sirianni added RBs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders are trending upwards with their health. (Eliot Shorr-Parks)
  • Sirianni mentioned WR Jalen Reagor needs to be better: “He wasn’t consistent enough in the game. Consistency is when you’re making next steps in his development. He’s shown he can make big plays … we just want to see that more consistently.” (Josh Tolentino)
  • Reagor called his drops uncharacteristic: “They were drops … You’ve got to take the heat. Whatever is going to be said is going to be said regardless.” (Tolentino)
  • Eagles OT Jack Driscoll will go on IR with an ankle sprain. (Shorr-Parks)


  •’s Zack Rosenblatt reports Giants CB Darnay Holmes will miss a few weeks with a ribs injury. He ended up having to go to the hospital as a precaution after Sunday’s game. 
  • Dolphins HC Brian Flores said he wasn’t going to stand in the way of Giants DC Patrick Graham moving on from Miami due to their relationship, which is why he didn’t block the Giants’ attempt to hire him away. (Dan Duggan)

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