NFC East Notes: Giants confident in RB depth

NFC East Notes: Giants confident in RB depth
August 5, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Despite David Wilson's potentially career-ending neck injury, the Giants are confident in their depth at running back. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Despite being the sudden retirement of running back David Wilson, the New York Giants are confident that they have enough depth at the position.

The 23-year-old Wilson announced his retirement on Monday because of neck and back injuries.

"I feel for him," said quarterback Eli Manning, whose brother Cooper had his football career end because of a similar injury at the University of Mississippi. And his other older brother, Peyton, overcame spinal fusion surgery two years ago.

"It's a tough situation, but it could have been a lot worse. It's a little bit scary, but he made the right decision by walking away. We're all going to miss him, because he was going to be a big part of our offense."

And one Giants player, in particular, could relate to Wilson's situation.

Linebacker Jameel McClain, signed as a free agent from Baltimore in the offseason, suffered a similar injury to the one that ended Wilson's career when McClain was with the Ravens in 2012 (see full story).

Redskins: Gov. O'Malley: 'Probably time' to change name
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said on his Facebook page Tuesday that it is "probably time" for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.

The Democratic governor, who is mulling running for president, posted: "I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name."

"We hope that in every generation we become more understanding of one another & more respectful of the dignity of every individual & culture," O'Malley added on his Twitter account.

The Redskins name has been the subject of a sustained campaign by those who consider it to be a racial slur. Redskins' owner Dan Snyder and others associated with the team have long argued that the Redskins name is used with respect and honor and is a source of pride among many Native Americans.

Cowboys: Durant ready to fill in
OXNARD, Calif. -- Justin Durant stepped on the plane bound for California and was reminded right away why his second training camp with the Dallas Cowboys would be so much more important than the first.

Sean Lee was on the flight, even though he'll miss the season at middle linebacker after tearing a knee ligament in the first practice of the offseason.

Durant is most likely to start in Lee's place a year after the Cowboys signed him more for depth at linebacker than anything else.

"I was surprised when I saw him on the plane," Durant said. "I just couldn't believe it, how much he has invested into this team and the extra help that he's doing. I told him that I'm just thankful for him for being here for helping me the best way that he can."

Going into his eighth season, Durant isn't new to starting or playing in the middle. If he ends up with the job, though, the task is daunting.

The Cowboys had the worst defense in the league a year ago. They are now without Lee and their two best pass rushers after franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware was released and Jason Hatcher left for Washington in free agency (see full story).

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