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NFC East Intel: 11.10.15

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On today's edition of NFC East Intel we look at the Eagles' losing Jordan Hicks for the season, Jason Pierre-Paul's season debut for the Giants and Tony Romo's eventual Cowboys return.*


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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Headline:Eagles Lose Jordan Hicks For The Season

Philadelphia announced on Monday that the rookie linebacker has been placed on Injured Reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.

What this means for the Redskins:The third-round pick out of the University of Texas was really coming on recently for the Eagles despite the fact a large role wasn't necessarily expected out of him this year.

In fact, he only appeared on special teams in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

He had started the last four games for the Eagles and even recorded his first-career touchdown, a pick-six on Sunday off of Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel.

Hicks would suffer his season-ending injury trying to make a tackle on Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley.

Despite a talented skillset, this is now the third time in the last four seasons that he's suffered some sort of serious injury, as he also dealt with an Achilles tear and a hip flexor issue while at Texas.

To fill his roster spot, the Eagles brought back Emmanuel Acho, whom they reached an injury settlement with earlier in the year.

Also from the University of Texas, Acho appeared in 16 games for Philadelphia last season, recording 31 tackles.


NEW YORK GIANTS

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Headline:Jason Pierre-Paul Has Heavy Workload In Return To Action

After finally returning to the Giants following a severe hand injury suffered during the summer, Pierre-Paul played in more than 70 percent of the defense's plays in their game against the Buccaneers.

What this means for the Redskins:Making his return to the field just four months removed from a fireworks accident that required amputation of one of his fingers, Piere-Paul recorded 45 snaps with two tackles.

"I thought in the beginning I had a number in mind, and we wanted him at the end of the game, obviously," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said via NJ.com. "So he got probably more then he should of, but, like I said, he is in great shape and he kept wanting to go, and so be it. "

Pierre-Paul wore a special glove on his right hand that looked more like a mitt than the traditional football glove.

He said that if it were up to him, with confidence in his ability to hold up, he would have played the whole game.

"I would have never came out but that's not possible," Pierre-Paul said.

Headline:Giants Lose Johnathan Hankins For Year, Sign Montori Hughes From Practice Squad

As he went to force a fumble during the Giants' 32-18 victory over the Buccaneers, Hankins tore a pectoral muscle. Placed on Injured Reserve, the team promoted Hughes to the active roster.

What this means for the Redskins:Hankins was once again a full-time starter for the Giants this season, as the 6-foot-2, 320 pounder from Ohio State started all nine of the team's games this season.

He had amassed 30 tackles along with a pass defensed and the forced fumble on Buccaneers running back Doug Martin on the first play of the second quarter.

In his place, the Giants moved Hughes up from the practice squad.

The 6-foot-4, 350 pounder is the easily the biggest player on the Giants' defense now, as he weighs more than 40 pounds than anyone else on the unit.

He was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Colts.

The Giants hope is that Hughes can provide a boost in stopping the run, as they currently rank in the bottom half of the league in rush defense, giving up, on average, more than 114 yards per game on the ground.


DALLAS COWBOYS

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Headline:Even As Playoff Chances Become Slim, Cowboys Still Intend To Have Tony Romo Start Once Heathy

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones on Tuesday said that once Romo can return, which at the earliest is Nov. 22, the quarterback will be in the starting lineup.

What this means for the Redskins: According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Jones told 103.5 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday that Romo will once again take over as the Cowboys starter.

And yes, even if they are 2-7 and pretty much out of the running when they play the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football on Nov. 22, Jones wants him in the huddle.

"When he gets on the field against Miami, and it most assuredly will be at this juncture, there's no set of circumstances that we wouldn't play him and play him with hopes of winning that game and winning the rest of the ballgames," Jones said. "I think not only our game but sports in general, if you've got an opportunity, if you got a chance to win this thing, then you take it.

Romo suffered a broken left collarbone in the Cowboys' Week 2 victory over the Eagles.

Since being sidelined, the Cowboys have started both Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel, and neither have had much success as Dallas is 0-6 without Romo.

And despite being last in the division right now through nine weeks, Jones believes that the Cowboys, led by Romo, can be a serious threat.

"I know I'm talking in generalities, but specifically, we have a team that could really, from the standpoint of the personnel that's on the field, really be a top team as we get into the last half of this season," he said. "We want to show our fans that."

Headline:Sean Lee's Status For Sunday Unknown As He Goes Through Concussion Protocol

According to DallasCowboys.com, the linebacker is "day to day" as he goes through the league required concussion process following his injury against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

What this means for the Redskins: When he's on the field, Lee remains one of the most consistent players in the NFL.

His problem, though, is injuries, and once again Lee could miss time due to a concussion.

Lee left Sunday's game – an Eagles overtime victory – after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He also suffered a concussion against the New Orleans Saints, but did not miss any time.

The Penn State product has started all eight games for the Cowboys this season and leads the team in tackles with 66.

The Cowboys face the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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