NFC East Blog
QB Colt McCoy took over for Kirk Cousins in the second half of the Washington Redskins game with Tennessee Sunday. Cousins was 10-of-16 in the first half for 139 yards, but threw an interception and lost a fumble, leading to a 10-6 deficit heading into the locker room.
The list is now one. DeMarco Murray is the only running back in the history of the NFL to start a season with seven straight games of over 100 yards rushing. His 128-yard, one-touchdown game was the perfect balance to keep the Cowboys passing game on the attack, with QB Tony Romo throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Murray also added a catch for 4 yards.
Pierre Garcon is seeing a predictable drop in targets and catches after the Redskins added wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts during the offseason. But Garcon has fallen further than probably anyone expected. He has seen six or fewer targets and has caught four or fewer passes in all but two games this season. As such, the man who gained more than 1,350 yards last year has been left with fewer than 35 yards in each of his past three games and is on pace for just 824.
Head coach Jay Gruden thinks enough is enough and it's time for a change.
"He's had a couple of games where he's had multiple catches ...," Gruden said of Garcon on Thursday. "Then he's had a couple games where he's had two or three catches, which seems a little bit odd. But sometimes this coverage predicates it. Sometimes he's a feature guy and Kirk (Cousins) doesn't see him, or he gets pressured or what have you. ... But we do have to make sure we get him more touches early in games."
Beating the Seahawks in Seattle is a huge accomplishment in the NFL. That doesn't mean you are now allowed to steal stuff from a department store.
According to police in Frisco, Texas, that's what Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle attempted to do Monday night. He allegedly tried to steal a tester bottle of cologne and two pairs of underwear from a Dillard's. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor and later posted bail.
Randle was at the Cowboys' facility Tuesday but did not speak to the media, and head coach Jason Garrett would not comment on the matter. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, via a source, that Randle will be fined but not suspended by the team.
Randle gained 52 yards on five carries in Sunday's victory over the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Darren Sproles sustained a knee injury in the Eagles' 27-0 blowout win over the Giants on Sunday Night Football. Sproles left the game in the fourth quarter, and was evaluated by trainers before walking to the locker room with a slight limp. The trainers were concerned about "the stability of [Sproles'] left ACL and MCL." For his part, Sproles told a report he'd "be all right" in a brief postgame interview.
Updating a post from earlier today, Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is expected to miss at least one game after the Eagles come out of their Week 7 bye. Sproles was injured during the third quarter of Sunday night's 27-0 victory over the Giants.
A really bad game for the Giants got much, much worse in the third quarter when wide receiver Victor Cruz went down in a heap in the end zone after a potential touchdown catch hit off his hands. Cruz didn't catch the ball because he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee just before going up for the pass. He remained on the ground for a few minutes before being lifted onto a cart and driven to the locker room. Cruz sobbed heavily as he was being taken off of the field. NBC's Michelle Tafoya reported the nature of Cruz's injury shortly thereafter.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient and effective Sunday, throwing for 250 yards and two scores as Dallas upset the reigning Super Bowl champions in Seattle. Romo's performance is even more impressive when you consider he probably did it with some sort of rib cartilage injury. He hinted at such an injury while talking to reporters after the game.
Romo took a shot to the chest from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner in the first quarter. He stayed down on the turf for about a minute before walking off under his own power. He returned without missing a play.
More will be known about Romo's health following some tests on Monday. He did stress that his surgically repaired back is OK.
What Jerry Jones wants, Jerry Jones gets.
the Cowboys' owner said last week that he would like to see the team's backup running backs get a little more playing time. He surely had the ear of head coach Jason Garrett, who admitted that giving DeMarco Murray 31 carries in Dallas' overtime victory against the Texans on Sunday was a bit excessive.
"[Murray] ended up with 31 (carries) so we'd like to get that number lower," Garrett said. "We'd really just like to get the other guys an opportunity. I don't see any wear and tear in DeMarco but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we'll focus on doing that in the next few weeks.
"We've got to make sure we take care of him over the course of the season."
Murray, the NFL's leading rusher by 210 yards over Le'Veon Bell, is on pace for 416 carries, which would tie Larry Johnson's record from 2006. Murray has never played in more than 14 games or carried the ball more than 217 times in any of his four pro seasons.
Jordan Reed says he thinks there's a "good chance" he'll play in Week 6, according to ESPN's John Keim. Reed has been out since Week 1 with a hamstring injury. Reed was a game-day scratch in Week 5 as the Redskins hosted the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, but the prospects this week are more promising. Reed will have two weeks of practice under his belt going into Sunday's game, and is a good bet to split time at TE with Niles Paul.