NFC Notes: Cowboys, Panthers, Redskins



  • Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said QB Dak Prescott (shoulder) is “probably in a similar place” this week as he was last week in terms of his ability to function: “We don’t anticipate him practicing fully. He’ll be limited at best.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • Garrett added that they’re taking things “day by day” with Prescott again this week: “Last week we took it day by day and this week we’ll do the same thing. Obviously he was able to play in the ballgame so hopefully he’ll get on the same path where he is able to go on Sunday.” (Todd Archer)
  • Garrett said of LT Tyron Smith’s back: “We don’t think it’s a long-term deal.” (Calvin Watkins)


  • Jason La Canfora reports that the Panthers have done a lot of homework on Stanford’s David Shaw.
  • While Shaw has resisted NFL interest in year’s past, La Canfora says some believe he might listen a little more this time around.
  • Panthers interim HC Perry Fewell said WR D.J. Moore remains in the concussion protocol. (Joe Person)


Redskins interim HC Bill Callahan said he “absolutely” wants to be back as the team’s full-time head coach next year. 

“I look at the fight of our players,” Callahan said, via the Washington Post. “I look at the resiliency, and [I] tried to bring back a work ethic into the program that I thought was lacking. I thought our players could have been better fundamentally. . . . I saw our players get better and compete for four quarters. I saw our players have stamina through four quarters of play. I thought long and hard about improving the team and what aspects I would really focus on. A lot of that was the second-half finish, and I thought we did that.

  • If the Redskins end up retaining Bruce Allen, Albert Breer could see the team considering a “second-chance” type like Mike McCarthy or Marvin Lewis for their head-coaching job.
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