The New York Giants added David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon to their list of injured players, but Big Blue's division rivals have some injury concerns of their own with big names like Brian Orakpo, Jeremy Maclin and Gerald Sensabaugh leading a long list of injured Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
We've talked about how the Giants will replace Bradshaw and Diehl (and we'll have more on Hixon later today) in the short-and-maybe-long-term, but let's take a look around the division at other team's key injuries. There are big names and not-so-big names, but each team has their share of problems.
We'll start with the 2-0 Eagles, since they are in first place behind Michael Vick who – surprise surprise – is not one of the injuries we're talking about. Unfortunately for Vick, top target Jeremy Maclin re-injured a hip pointer that's been bothering him and might miss some time. Worse, starting center Jason Kelce is done for the season with a knee injury and starting left tackle King Dunlap has a hamstring injury.
With a quarterback as fragile as Mike Vick, a makeshift offensive line is bad news in Philly.
The 1-1 Redskins definitely got hit the hardest, losing two of their best defensive players in Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker for the season, further depleting a defense that has been without Brandon Merriweather at safety and lost cornerback Josh Wilson to a concussion last week. It's hard to see the Redskins defense, which got lit up by Sam Bradford, Danny Amendola and the St. Louis Rams in Week 2, rebounding from the loss of Orakpo and Carriker.
Robert Griffin III seems ready to get into some shootouts, but that's going to be a lot harder if Pierre Garcon doesn't get back from that foot injury sooner rather than later.
At 1-1, the Cowboys were rocketed back to earth by the 27-7 throttling at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. They also face perhaps the most under the radar yet damning pair of injuries in the division. Starting safeties Gerald Sensabaugh "heard a pop" in his calf and fellow safety Barry Church sat out most of last week's game with a bone bruise in his thigh.
They aren't big names, but having two guys who have never started a game line up on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that showed us they can go over the top to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, is not a good recipe for Jerry Jones and the Boys.
Summing this all up makes us feel a lot better about the injuries the Giants are facing.
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