Another day, another missed practice for Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed the bulk of training camp after breaking a bone in his foot back in May. Even though New York s opening week of the NFL season is a short one, what with Wednesdays game against Dallas, the stud receiver says hell be on the field.It's not that its perfect. But it's nothing that is going to stop me from playing, Nicks said, the New York Daily News reports. For all you fantasy players out there, the good news is youll know whether Nicks is active or not and thus can lineup adjustments are possible unlike when players have issues heading into late Sunday or Monday night games. Barring ominous sounding news and even against the Cowboys upgraded corners, feel confident using the top 10 fantasy receiver.Speaking of injuries, the Cowboys are still not sure or at least they are not letting the public know if they are about the status of three key contributors for Wednesdays game. Tight end Jason Witten, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and corner Mike Jenkins all made the trip to New York, but the assumption is the trio will not suit up. One report from over the weekend said based on the standard recovery from a lacerated, Wittens injury of choice as it turns out, the tight end is, extremely unlikely for the game, though the team remains hopeful. Youth is being served in the City of Brotherly Love. Well, at least for Philadelphias football team, the architects of which believe you can go young and still win big. The Eagles enter the season with their youngest roster since 1986.According to CSNphilly.coms Reuben Frank, the Eagles have ten guys are 21 or 22. Another 26 are between 23 and 26. And 12 more are in their late 20s.If it wasnt totally clear before, it is now, Frank writes. The Eagles believe the way to win a Super Bowl is with youth and with energy. With fresh legs and with tons of upside.Frank notes veterans like Asante Samuel, Vince Young and Ronnie Brown are out, kids like corner Brandon Boykin, running back Bryce Brown and quarterback Nick Foles are in.Everywhere they possibly could, the Eagles went young. Everywhere they possibly could, they shed veterans and added some young kid with blazing speed and tons of potential. Add it up, and this is the youngest Eagles team in 26 years."Dont think this is something new. Realize the Eagles top three offensive skill players LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin are all 25 years old or younger.
The Redskins are very thin at running back right now.
Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November.
Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation.
The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game.
Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team.
Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown.
The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday.
In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers.
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Too much attention gets paid to roster construction during training camp. Projecting the 53-man roster has become its own August cottage industry, much like Bracketology flourishes in March.
The truth of the matter is regardless of projections, more than anything else, injuries dictate what players ultimately land on the Week 1 roster.
Right now, that is apparent with the Redskins' running back position. Derrius Guice headlined the group after Washington grabbed him in the second round of April's NFL Draft. After injuring his knee in the first preseason game, however, Guice won't play in 2018.
That means the other five guys battling for a spot now move up in the pecking order. Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson will make the team, even though Thompson is yet to play in the preseason and is still battling back from a broken leg last November.
Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall, and Kapri Bibbs played with the 'Skins last season and were locked in a tense battle for spots. Then, Perine and Marshall got hurt Thursday night. Perine is expected to miss a week, while Marshall could miss up to four weeks.
Can both Perine and Marshall still make the Redskins 53-man roster?
Is that a certainty? Definitely not.
Bibbs gets a major opportunity now, and he has looked good so far in camp and preseason games. Additionally, for Bibbs, it often gets lost that he actually played well in Washington last season. In three games he had more than 200 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
If Marshall truly needs a month to get his lower leg injury settled, that won't be until after the deadline to trim rosters. The Redskins could move him to the injured reserve list before then, but that would mean Marshall would not be eligible to play for the Burgundy and Gold until Week 7. Also, the team only gets two moves off of IR for the season. Would they want to use one on their fourth running back?
Perine's injury situation seems less severe, and barring a setback or further injury, he will be on the roster.
That means Thompson, Kelley, Perine, and Bibbs. Maybe Marshall too, but that will be determined by his rehab schedule.
Martez Carter made impressive runs against the Jets, and while it seems easy to dismiss his roster candidacy, remember Rob Kelley was an undrafted free agent out of a small Louisiana school just a few years ago.
Complicating matters is the reality that Washington's front office is absolutely going to be watching what other NFL teams do at roster cut time. Other running backs could emerge, especially from teams like Detroit that already have a crowded running back room and added more players via the draft.
Coaches like to say competition on the field is what makes roster decisions. And yes, that's a big part of it. The violent nature of the NFL, the ultimate Next Man Up league, plays a huge factor as well.
Trimming a roster because of injuries doesn't mean there aren't mistakes made. It sure looks like Washington screwed up last year by cutting QB Nate Sudfeld, even though the team felt compelled to keep extra offensive linemen.
It might be trite, but the NFL is a long, grueling season. The Redskins know that. The team lost more players to injury than any other NFL squad last season.
So when looking at 53-man roster projections, know there are two more preseason games left, and sad but likely, more injuries to come.
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