Breakfast links: Nicks nicked up again

New York Giants

With four games to go and a one-game lead in the NFC East, the last thing the Giants need is for Hakeem Nicks to have a flare-up of the left knee injury that cost him time earlier this season. But Nicks did miss practice Thursday with an injury to that knee, so there is fresh concern.

Oh, and Osi Umenyiora disagrees with Jason Pierre-Paul's assertion that the Giants will be relieved to see Drew Brees and the Saints this Sunday because Robert Griffin III gave them such a hard time Monday Night. I think I side with Osi on this one. The Saints' defense has been lousy this year, but there's no way a team can be excited to see Brees come to town.

Washington Redskins

Young Washington D.C. sports superstars Robert Griffin III and Bryce Harper recently bonded over a Twitter background that Harper is using. The background was designed by D.C. sports fan Allan Peterson, and it touched off a mutual-admiration exchange earlier in the week between Griffin and Harper, the Nationals phenom.

Cedric Griffin's suspension means potential opportunity for young cornerbacks Richard Crawford and D.J. Johnson, who are going to see more playing time whether they're ready for it or not.

Dallas Cowboys

Marcus Spears says the idea of winning the final four games of the season as a means of challenging for a playoff spot has indeed crossed the Cowboys' minds. Which is nice, but the reality is that would mean ending the season on a five-game winning streak. The Cowboys haven't won five games in a row since 2007. They did win four in a row during one stretch last year, but so far this season have only won back-to-back games once. That'd be a good place to start.

Left guard Nate Livings really wants to play Sunday in Cincinnati against his former team. Problem is, Livings is missing practice with a knee injury and might not be able to play.

Philadelphia Eagles

New defensive line coach Tommy Brasher is already a fan of rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. He says Cox could play any position along the line and would make a fine 3-4 defensive end. Perhaps, depending on who comes in to be the next Eagles coach, we'll get to find out.

Todd Herremans is a key part of the Eagles' future on the offensive line. The team made that clear when it signed him to a contract extension in the offseason. But with Dennis Kelly seeing time (and playing pretty well) at right tackle, there remains a question of what position Herremans is to play in that future, and the possibility that he moves back inside to play guard.