Robert Griffin III to start Week 1; Philadelphia Eagles averaging 75 plays per game: NFC East Roundup

Patrick McDermott

News and notes from around the NFC East

It's been a busy couple of hours around the NFC East. Not only have the New York Giants been in the news with the reports Victor Cruz is making progress, but so have the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

Washington Redskins

Quarterback Robert Griffin III will start the team's season opener on Monday Night Football against the Eagles, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

RGIII, of course, is recovering from knee surgery, but all indications are that the second-year signal-caller will be 100-percent healthy by Week 1.

Sticking with 'Skins injuries, Adam Carriker has been moved to the reserve/PUP list, meaning he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the game. Reports suggest Carriker could return by mid-December and could be active Week 15.

While RGIII is a go for Week 1, his backup, Kirk Cousins, will not. Cousins' MRI last week showed no ligament damage, and there is no timetable for his return.

Philadelphia Eagles

We all knew Chip Kelly likes to go fast. But just how fast?

According to, the Eagles have run 225 offensive players through their first three preseason games, which equates to a 75 play-per-game average, more than any other team in the NFL.

The Eagles released former Giants safety Kenny Phillips, but still have not anointed a starter. Patrick Chung will get the nod at one safety position, but at the other, it's down to Nate Allen and Earl Wolff.

Bleeding Green Nation unveiled its Phillip Hunt Awards, an honor given to preseason standouts whose impressive play fails to translate to the regular season. This year's crop of nominees include Wolff, Bennie Logan, Damion Square, Vinny Curry, Emmanuel Acho, Jake Knott, Chris McCoy and Cedric Thornton.

Dallas Cowboys

Like the 'Skins and Giants, the Cowboys too are dealing with some significant injuries.

Dallas moved defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to the PUP list. Nick Hayden is the presumptive favorite to replace him in the starting lineup.

Anthony Spencer and Ron Leary continue to sit out practice, as has Lance Dunbar and Nate Livings. The good news is cornerback Morris Claiborne has returned.

The Cowboys recently parted ways with nine players to get down to the league-mandated 75-man roster. There were no surprises, though the release of three receivers may be a sign Cole Beasley is closer to being healthy again.

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