NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Washington



  • According to NFL Media’s Jane Slater, Cowboys LB Sean Lee will be out six weeks following his hernia surgery and is eyeing a mid-October return from injured reserve. 
  • Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy discussed the play of LB Jaylon Smith: “I thought he played very well. I thought he was extremely physical in the run game. He was very active. I think he’s off to a great start. …He’s been really dialed in. I thought he was extremely active and physical last night.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • Cowboys’ DC Mike Nolan also offered some praise for Smith’s play from Week 1: “I thought Jaylon played well. I thought he played with great energy. He had some plays in the game, as many of us did last night, that were plays we’d like to have back. But all and all, I thought he did a good job.”
  • McCarthy said the Cowboys will have about 25 percent attendance at the game in Week 2. (Clarence Hill)
  • Cowboys OT Cameron Erving is looking at a 4-6 week recovery timeline from his MCL sprain. (Jon Machota)


  • Per the Athletic’s Zach Berman, Eagles HC Doug Pederson said DT Javon Hargrave is nearing a return. Philadelphia elected not to put him on IR which would have kept him out three weeks: “He’s getting closer. We’re not going to put a timetable on it. We’ll get him back when he we get him back.”
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports both RB Miles Sanders and RT Lane Johnson are on track to play for the Eagles this week. 
  • The two will “definitely” get some practice time this week, per Pederson, while DE Brandon Graham remains in the concussion protocol. (Berman)
  • Pederson confirmed Eagles OL Nate Herbig would remain the starting right guard for now. (Mike Kaye)
  • Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had a scheduled rest day on Wednesday. (Kaye)


  • Per Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post, Washington HC Ron Rivera said he’ll have a plan in place to manage his health on the road as he coaches through his cancer recovery. He adds more halftime IV’s are on the table.
  • Rivera revealed Washington was unaware the Texans had made WR DeAndre Hopkins available for trade until he was dealt to the Cardinals. (Bob McManaman)
  • If Washington wasn’t already set with S Landon Collins, Rivera would have no problem going after S Eric Reid, who remains unsigned after the Panthers released him this offseason: “He’s a heck of a teammate. He was not an issue.” (JP Finlay)
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