Redskins Auditioning Kickers to Replace Billy Cundiff, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

Oct 7, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins place kicker Billy Cundiff (5) kicks a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at FedEX Field.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Redskins have a kicker issue. Billy Cundiff has missed four out of his last six attempts, including a 31-yarder Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. And as a result, the 'Skins are auditioning kickers today in D.C.

Olindo Mare, Josh Brown and Kai Forbath are getting a shot, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who claims the team is expected to sign one of those guys to replace Cundiff. 

Jones also added that Mike Shanahan hasn't ruled out signing a kicker who isn't part of Tuesday's workout.

The Redskins have been in five close games to start the year. They can't afford to send out a kicker they don't have confidence in. But now that they're down this path, there's no guarantee they'll feel much better about whoever is next in line.

Here's what else is being talked about in the NFL's most popular division:


Dallas Cowboys

From Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News: Stephen Jones thinks the offensive line is "starting to come together."

From's Todd Archer: Phil Costa is finally back from injury, but he isn't assured a starting spot.


New York Giants

From Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger: Ramses Barden has been cleared to return from a concussion, but now Andre Brown has one.

From Jenny Vrentas of the same newspaper: Chris Canty (knee) says he'll be ready to come off the PUP list and rejoin practice next week


Philadelphia Eagles

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News lists a few reasons why Michael Vick's two fumbles overshadowed an "otherwise terrific performance."

For similar reasons, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says there's no way the Eagles can consider going to Nick Foles. I agree.


Washington Redskins

From Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III is making progress and isn't displaying any major concussion symptoms. But Shanahan does admit that if he suffers a setback he likely won't play against the Vikings Sunday.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Brandon Meriweather's knee injury will keep the safety sidelined for four more weeks.