NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington


  • Per the Athletic’s Jon Machota, Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy doesn’t think LT Tyron Smith‘s neck injury keeping him out Week 2 should be a long-term issue: “I don’t as I sit here today, just as far a treatment he’s gone through. We’ll know early this week as far as his status moving forward to Seattle.”
  • Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Smith has a good shot to play in Week 3 against the Seahawks but it will probably come down to another game-time decision: “It’ll probably be another game-time type decision. He certainly has an opportunity to play this week…We won’t rule out signing an offensive lineman but we’ll just have to see.” (Machota)
  • Dallas had a $2.5 million offer all but finalized for OT Jared Veldheer but he elected to retire again instead of sign with the Cowboys. (Michael Gehlken)


  • Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes the Eagles soured on QB Nate Sudfeld behind the scenes after expressing confidence in him as the backup quarterback during training camp. 
  • Sudfeld was deactivated for Week 2 in favor of second-round QB Jalen Hurts as the No. 2. 
  • Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice lists four players the Eagles could look to trade at the deadline this season if they’re out of contention, including TE Zach Ertz, DT Fletcher Cox, WR DeSean Jackson and WR Alshon Jeffery
  • Kempski thinks the Eagles could get a second and change for Ertz, a second for Cox and potentially a fourth or fifth for Jackson. 
  • As for Jeffery, Kempski notes the team has been trying to trade him for almost a year and would take whatever it could get. He adds Philadelphia might even package a pick with Jeffery to get a team to bite. 
  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson noted the lack of practice time this offseason is factoring into the offense’s early-season struggles: “I don’t care who you are throwing…2 1/2 weeks to prepare for your first real game is not enough time.” (Zach Berman)


  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Giants WR Sterling Shepard is having an MRI to confirm a diagnosis of turf toe, which is an injury that typically keeps players out for some time. 
  • ESPN’s Jordan Raanan expects the Giants to use RB Wayne Gallman as their main rusher and RB Dion Lewis as the passing down back going forward after the injury to RB Saquon Barkley.
  • Raanan adds the injury complicates the expected timeline for Barkley’s extension, as he would have been eligible starting next offseason and negotiations would have been a summer priority.
  • It also hurts Giants GM Dave Gettleman‘s job security, as he might not survive another losing season. 
  • Barkley suffered a torn ACL, partially torn meniscus and an MCL strain. He’ll have to wait to have surgery for the swelling to go down, potentially 2-4 weeks. (Rapoport)


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