Breakfast links: Vets returning from injuries

August, 6, 2013
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Morning. Hey, did you see Vince Young signed with the Packers? Good for him. I'll always remember with fondness and gratitude the contribution he made to the NFC East blog during his brief but remarkably newsy time in our division. May all of his and his team's dreams come true.

On to the links.

New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks said he plans to practice today, after missing last week's practices with a groin injury, and that he's well aware of how much he has riding on a healthy 2013 season.

What can something as simple as an autograph from a professional athlete mean to a fan? Giants punter Steve Weatherford found out, if he didn't know already.

Philadelphia Eagles

The plan is for top draft pick Lane Johnson to play right tackle in Philadelphia this year but left tackle in the long run or in a pinch, which is why he's working at both spots during this training camp.

The signing of Felix Jones could have been the end for reserve running back Chris Polk's time with the Eagles, but Polk has responded with a strong camp as he works to hold off Jones and defend his spot.

Washington Redskins

Two key veterans -- DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather -- returned to Redskins practice from their injuries. It appears the Redskins dodged a bullet with Hall, whose sprained ankle seemed more worrisome at the time than it turned out to be.

With Robert Griffin III still working his way back from knee surgery, it's going to be Kirk Cousins under center for the Redskins in their preseason games. His teammates are comfortable with that.

Dallas Cowboys

Todd Archer examines the ways in which Sunday's preseason opener was different for Jason Garrett with Bill Callahan calling the offensive plays.

Jared Green, the son of Redskins great Darrell Green, is a long shot to make the Cowboys' roster as a wide receiver, but he and his dad are working on it.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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