All I can say is, be thankful the Eagles had a bye week. It seems that all three of our rivals were met with some form of misfortune this Sunday, as many starting players are now down for the count.
First up, the undefeated New York Giants. The G-Men suffered two big losses after throttling Kansas City: weakside linebacker Michael Boley and QB Eli Manning. Boley reportedly suffered a knee injury during the game and was seen walking on crutches during Monday's practice. Backup Chase Blackburn will likely fill in for the injured linebacker, but replacing Boley's production will be difficult. Manning, who left the game in the fourth quarter, is now said to have developed Plantar Fascitiis, an extremely painful foot condition. While it is not certain that the starting QB will miss any playing time, you can bet that the injury will affect his play for the next few weeks.
After their letdown against the Denver Broncos yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys found out that starting wide receiver Roy Williams damaged the cartilage in three of his ribs during a crushing collision with Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams. His status for this week is now uncertain
"Never in my life have I been hit like that, from Pop Warner through my six years in the league," Roy Williams said. "I'm 5,280 feet above sea level with asthma, so I was obviously hurting."
Finally, during their edging of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins lost punter Hunter Smith with a groin strain during the first punt of the game. Kicker Shaun Suisham was called in to replace him and performed horribly, punting three times for a 26.7 yard average. The Skins are reportedly auditioning free agent punters this week, as Smith could miss at least a week while he rehabs.