Sean Locklear is officially out for the season. That means David Diehl returns to right tackle, where he caused many of my Giants readers angst earlier this season when he took the job back from a healthy Locklear. Diehl says this time he's feeling great and ready to handle the job. Recall that he played well enough at left tackle down the stretch last year to help the Giants win a Super Bowl.
And speaking of Griffin, one of the many impressive things about his rookie season has been his ability to avoid turning the ball over. Sunday, he faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that includes veteran safety Ed Reed, who has 61 career interceptions.
When they spent a huge chunk of free-agent money and two high draft picks on new cornerbacks this offseason, the Cowboys were probably expecting to get some interceptions.
The Cowboys are going to have to manage running back DeMarco Murray the rest of the way. He missed practice Wednesday, for instance, but says he'll practice Thursday. They obviously want to avoid a recurrence of the foot injury that knocked out the middle of his season, and given how much better the offense looks when he's in it, whatever it takes to make sure he's ready to hit the field Sunday is worth it to them.
Indications are that defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired for personality reasons -- that he'd grown irritable, insubordinate and generally unpleasant to be around. But defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is one guy who's sticking up for Washburn in the face of that narrative.