Around the NFC East
Who is recovering? Who might be retiring? Who will spend their summer on TV?
Around the NFC East
A bit of a slow day as far as Eagles news goes, but there are a few things happening around the NFC East:
* Washington: The Redskins wrapped up the last of three practices that supplemented their weekend mincamp and among the spectacors were receiver Antwaan Randle El, who watched with crutches under both arms following right knee surgery, and running back Clinton Portis, who sat out with a minor hip flexor strain.
Randle El had the arthroscopic procedure Monday. He said the knee was swollen after minicamp practice Saturday. An MRI found loose cartilage, possibly the residual effects of getting the knee banged in a couple of games last season.
“The big thing is get it done now and not have it happen during training camp,” Randle El told reporters at Redskins Park.
Also, quarterback Jason Campbell tweaked his hamstring during Wednesday’s practice. According to the Associated Press, coach Jim Zorn said Campbell’s legs have been feeling the effects of practicing a more compressed stance, something the coach hopes will give the quarterback more maneuverability.
* Giants: Michael Strahan has shown up in all sorts of electronic media reports regarding whether he is planning to retire, or whether he is close to a decision about retirement. It all is fairly dizzying. Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, provides some insight into the Strahan situation at his blog, the Blue Screen.
The Giants also announced a 2-year extension for tackle David Diehl that will keep him under contract through the 2013 season. He will earn $31 million under the terms of the new deal, the AP reports.
Diehl's agent, by the way, is Peter Schaffer, who also represents the Eagles' Lito Sheppard.
* Dallas: HBO confirmed that the Cowboys will be the subject of this summer's Hard Knocks series.
We loved this quote from a press conference today with HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg:
"I swear to you it’s not going to be the Pacman Jones or the T.O. or the Tony Romo story. It just won't. They will be part of a team and part of the story, but they won't be the center of it all. I just know that for a fact. The drama
develops on its own. Unless the drama surrounds Tony and T.O. and others, it's just not going to happen. ...
"There's nothing like following that rookie trying to make the team. They're still wearing that star and they're trying to become a teammate of T.O. and Tony Romo, which is probably their dream. That's great television also.”