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NFC East roundup: Nicks injury long-term issue for Giants?

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NFC East roundup: Nicks injury long-term issue for Giants?

Giants star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke a bone in his right foot during a non-contract drill in practice on Thursday. Is this a concern for the defending Super Bowl champs? Of course, but more because the injury is just the latest entryon Nicks' medical report rather than anything to do with his 2012 availability.Recovery time is projected in the 12 week range which puts Nicks in line for a Week 1 return, though even Giants coach Tom Coughlin thinks might be a touch optimistic. The Giants have time to get their first round pick Rueben Randle ready to lineup opposite the dancing Victor Cruz.As online partners at Rotoworld noted, this is just the latest lower-leg injury for Nicks since joining the Giants in 2009. He's one of the game elite receivers, but that's some trend and not the good kind.By the way, the Redskins fist tangle with the Giants in Week 7. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stated this week the team is not looking to trade disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins. Apparently at least one NFL team is gauging how much wiggle room there is in that claim.Multiple reports suggest the Indianapolis Colts have made trade inquiries regarding the former Pro Bowl corner. The Colts porous defense could certainly use another pass defender - or three - while the Cowboys need for Jenkins as anything more than a reserve is no longer apparent.This offseason Dallas signed high profile free agent Brandon Carr to a lucrative 5-year contract and traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft for LSU corner Morris Claiborne. On the heels of those transactions, Jenkins skipped the team's OTA's this week.The Cowboys first round selection in 2008, Jenkins played through multiple injuries last season and is now entering the final year of his contract. The Eagles already have a jammed pack race for the backup quarterback spot behind Michael Vick with third rounder Nick Foles battling veterans Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards. Now a former Philly passer says he wants a shot at the job. No, not Donovan McNabb, but rather Jeff Garcia. Granted, the 42-year-old has not thrown an NFL pass since 2008, but based on the comments posted in this CSNphilly article, sounds like the masses are not opposed.

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Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Following the Redskins' Week 2 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday, Jay Gruden said both Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine were "OK" after the two running backs each left the game with injuries. Marshall's was labeled a lower-leg issue, while Perine's injury was called a twisted ankle.

Timetables for their recoveries were then reported on Friday, and while the two members of the backfield escaped anything too severe, they will each be sidelined for decent chunks of time.

Perine will miss a week, according to Mike Garafolo. Marshall, meanwhile, is looking at a longer two-to-four week recovery, per Tom Pelissero. Those pieces of news hurt them in more ways than one.

Derrius Guice's torn ACL in Week 1 of the team's exhibition schedule meant that Marshall and Perine both had a big-time opportunity to step up and earn a spot on Washington's 53-man roster, spots that were harder to envision for them when Guice was healthy.

Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they'll be forced to sit until they're healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden's trust.

Against New York, Bibbs struggled on the ground but led the offense with seven grabs, including a 29-yard gain off a screen play. That performance absolutely brought him closer in the race with Marshall, who scored vs. the Patriots a week earlier. Next, he'll need to prove he can run effectively between the tackles vs. the Broncos in Week 3, which will put some heat on Perine as well.

The 'Skins have 15 days left until they have to finalize their regular season roster. As things stand now amongst the running backs, Bibbs presently has a real shot at stealing a job from the two shelved RBs. But with the way this race has unfolded thus far, that can all change in a split second. 

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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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