• Mike Patterson practiced yesterday. That was an unexpected development. Reuben Frank of CSN Philly says he’s still likely a long way away from returning. Good for Mike. There were doubts whether he would ever play again. I’ll talk more about Patt when his return is more imminent.
• Lots of LT news for the Eagles. Demetress Bell lost his starting LT job, again. He had previously lost it during the preseason, and got it back when King Dunlap went down with a hamstring injury. Dunlap will take over at LT. Bell was not good last week against the Lions. I plan on taking a look at Dunlap and Bell. I may have something on them later this week, depending on whether or not I see anything worth noting. Meanwhile, the Rams signed Chris Williams, who had been cut by the Bears. Williams visited the Eagles last week. And finally, Jason Peters is ahead of schedule, according to Howard Eskin. My buddy Ryan Messick broke down the roster options the Eagles have with Peters in the unlikely event he returns at some point this season.
• I didn’t know Donovan McNabb did standup. OK, so this is both mean, and very funny.
• The only NFC East game I have not watched so far this season is Giants-Browns. I did, however, get my first look at David Wilson’s TD late in that game. During the telecast, Dan Dierdorf gave credit solely to the offensive line, barely giving Wilson a mention. He then added:
“Ahmad Bradshaw’s gotta be going ‘I’m killing myself in here, and Wilson comes in for one play and gets (that kind of blocking).’”
I agree the blocking was excellent, but Bradshaw doesn’t have anywhere near the burst that Wilson showed on that play. In training camp, I noted that Wilson looked faster than a player with whom I’ve become very familiar, LeSean McCoy. It was only a matter of whether or not Wilson could master the extremely important “little things,” like ball security, pass protection, knowing where he’s supposed to be in the passing game, etc. Once he gets those aspects of the game down, he’s going to be scary good. Reminds me a lot of Felix Jones his rookie season. Obviously, the Giants hope he pans out a little better than Felix has.
• JPP told the Redskins not to bring it to his side. They did. Next time he may be saying the same thing, sans the bravado.
• The weekly Hogs Haven “Redskins game in gifs.” Great stuff every week.
• Fred Davis tore his Achilles. He’s done for the season. Davis’ stats aren’t anything to “Ooh and ahh” at so far this season, but make no mistake… He’s a very good TE, and this is an enormous loss for the Redskins. Way back in May, I noted the 10 players the Redskins could least afford to lose to injury. Kinda funny looking back at stuff like that, and seeing Roy Helu appear on the list. Anyway, I had Fred Davis 3rd.
• The most crucial name on the injury list this week is DeMarco Murray. His status for the Giants-Cowboys rematch is up in the air. I think the Cowboys need to be able to run the ball to beat the Giants, and I don’t think they can without Murray. My buddy Lars from Blogging the Boys pointed me to what looks like a very useful injury website. Here’s what they had to say about Murray:
We’ll know much more about DeMarco Murray this week. He says he’ll be back at practice and playing this week and the team had (mostly) reassuring things to say about his presumptive diagnosis. We’re now told that he’ll have another round of tests today. That could mean that a planned examination (and possible imaging) after a week in the walking boot or it could mean that he’s already been re-examined and there’s enough concern for another MRI. Regardless, if he hasn’t shed his walking boot by Wednesday, his return to play estimate becomes much murkier. Many midfoot sprains take multiple weeks to heal and the follow-up testing is a concern. If Murray remains immobilized over a week after the injury, a higher grade injury (and a 2-6 week timetable to return) is very likely.
• It appeared that Cowboys C Phil Costa suffered a serious ankle injury, but the news on his return is now a little more optimistic. Jason Garrett left the possibility open that Costa might play Sunday against the Giants. Frankly, I think Ryan Cook might be the player anyway.