NFC East Blog
Following a day off for the Cowboys QB, ESPN writer Tony Archer says Tony Romo was "intercepted by cornerback Morris Claiborne, who did a nice job of going up for a slightly underthrown deep ball to wide receiver Terrance Williams." He also goes on to say Romo and star WR Dez Bryant had trouble getting on the same page, "Bryant was shallow with a route in the end zone with the throw just out of his grasp, and Romo overthrew Bryant on a double-move in the end zone." Some speculation has been made as to whether Romo is actually 100% healthy and ready to return yet, after back surgery in the offseason to relieve pressure on a herniated disk.
Wilson will need "a miracle" to return to football, a person familiar with Wilson's medical situation told NJ.com. Wilson said in a tweet Wednesday night that "everything is fine," but that doesn't seem to be the case, according to NJ.com's source. Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year. He was cleared to participate in Giants camp, but left practice Tuesday with a "burner" - an injury indicative of damaged nerve tissue in his surgically repaired neck.
The Dallas Morning News says Dunbar "continues to be impressive" at Cowboys training camp. The former undrafted free agent is heading in to his third season with the Cowboys, and has the number two running back spot secured over Cowboys RB Joseph Randle. In two NFL seasons, Dunbar has carried the ball 51 times for 225 yards. He could see a spike in his workload this year, as new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has a history of favoring two-back systems.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery near the end of last season to fix a herniated disc, has had spotty participation in recent camp practices. But owner Jerry Jones says it is absolutely nothing to worry about, because Romo is healthy.
"He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," Jones said Tuesday. "He's just being real smart and sensitive about having come off the back surgery. He's certainly not losing any ground from the standpoint of opening up against San Francisco [in the regular-season opener]."
Giants running back David Wilson underwent a battery of tests last night after suffering a neck burner during Tuesday's practice. He'll have more tests done on Aug. 4 and won't practice until then at the earliest. Next week's tests will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa, who also performed Wilson's spinal fusion surgery during the offseason.
According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wilson is optimistic about his situation and even sent some encouraging text messages to a teammates after completing his tests last night.
Dr. Robert Watkins, who has worked with Wilson in the past, told Orr that a burner is "a compression of the nerve going out to your arm ... most of the time, it's transitory and goes away."
Wilson is undergoing tests after sustaining a "burner" in his surgically repaired neck during Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones. Wilson missed 11 games last year after suffering a serious neck injury that had many questioning his ability to ever return to the field. Wilson was cleared last week to participate in camp, but only made it through a few days of practices before this problem flared up.
The Giants aren't expecting a just bounce-back year from quarterback Eli Manning. They are setting a goal for him that most NFL quarterbacks, including his brother, have never achieved: They want Manning's completion percentage to hit 70.
"It hasn't been done very often, so that's the ultimate goal," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday. "I think it's been done eight or nine times, maybe? That's an impressive statistic in the history of the league. So that's what we're gunning for, that 70 percent."
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski had the 411 from Eagles camp on Sunday:
"Eagles running backs are dominating in the passing game in camp so far. Nobody can cover them, and they're racking up an absurd number of receptions. The question then becomes, are they dominating because they're just really good, or because the Eagles' linebackers don't have the ability to stick with them? It's probably a combination of both."
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts with the quarterback. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay has said, "I think he's done a really good job on working on his mechanics, his footwork and his delivery." The Redskins are coming off a 3-13 season and can only move upward.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first.
Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks down, Gruden knows that Griffin will be off.
"As far as [Griffin] running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden said. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs. Obviously, it would be stupid not to."