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Robert Griffin III described his tearful reaction to waking up after surgery in January and finding out that he was, indeed, embarking on a second recovery from reconstructive surgery to his right knee.
Surprise news out of Thursday's OTA practice: Wide receiver Pierre Garcon did have surgery this offseason, but not on his injured foot. He had a labrum repair done and is healing well from it, according to Mike Shanahan. Updates on his, Brian Orakpo's and other non-Griffin injury situations here from Mike Jones.
Jerry Jones calls Jason Garrett "our premier asset" and insists that Garrett is not coaching for his job in 2013. It's worth noting that the speculation about Garrett's job security has long been just that -- speculation, and rooted in a somewhat unjustified reputation Jones has for firing coaches quickly. It's also worth noting that team owners often say one thing when another is in fact the case. I suspect Garrett's job security will have more to do with whether a bigger-name candidate catches Jones' eye than it will with the Cowboys' 2013 record. But that's just me.
As he works to build on his brilliant breakout 2012 season, Dez Bryant is focusing on endurance, with former Cowboys No. 88 Michael Irvin as his inspiration.
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Ohm Youngmisuk writes that the Giants must find a way to accomplish the challenging task of fitting both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks into their long-range budget. And yes, that is their ideal plan. But it's not going to be easy. This is an issue that's come up a little bit recently but is likely to get more attention in the coming years: The Giants' quarterback, Eli Manning, counts about $20 million against their salary cap this year and each of the next two. There are other teams -- Broncos, Ravens, Saints, etc. -- in similar situations regarding quarterback and cap, but there are other teams -- Redskins, 49ers, Seahawks -- who have franchise quarterbacks playing at a top level and making far less over the next few years. Those teams are able to spend more on positions like wide receiver, where the Giants are going to have to get artful and creative with this situation -- or make very tough choices elsewhere.
Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, injured in Wednesday's practice, will have surgery on his knee today and is now a question mark for the start of the season. Tough blow for a Giants run game already in transition. Hynoski was an excellent blocking fullback for the Giants in 2012.
Speaking of knee surgeries, new Eagles tight end James Casey recently had one that will keep him on the shelf for a few weeks. The Eagles still have plenty of tight ends to fill in, of course, but Casey's role is likely to be an interesting and varied one, and I'm sure Chip Kelly is eager to get him on the field.
There is much to sort out this offseason for the Eagles at running back as well. We might have a little bit more on this later today. That's called a "tease" in the business.
Washington RedskinsRobert Griffin III described his tearful reaction to waking up after surgery in January and finding out that he was, indeed, embarking on a second recovery from reconstructive surgery to his right knee.