The New York Giants haven't been lucky in the injury department for some time, but this year's been different. The Giants went 12 weeks without losing any key starters to injured reserve.
But that changed Monday night when right tackle Sean Locklear went down with a serious knee injury, which according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger will cost him the remainder of the 2012 season.
Locklear contributed as a reliable swing tackle early and had recently emerged as a solid replacement for David Diehl. Diehl was healthy for Week 13, but Locklear remained in the starting lineup instead of his veteran cohort.
Locklear hadn't given up a single sack on 656 snaps this season, while Diehl has surrendered four on only 259, according to Pro Football Focus. So the Giants offensive line undoubtedly takes a hit with Locklear down and nobody else on the depth chart capable of stepping in.
On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...
From Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: DeMarco Murray feared he'd be sidelined for the season by the foot injury from which he has now returned.
Also from Mendez: Jerry Jones says he hasn't given up on struggling right tackle Doug Free.
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From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: Antrel Rolle doesn't like the amount of praise his teammates have been giving to Robert Griffin III.
From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: Tom Coughlin has the Giants in must-win mode, probably because that's where they're at their best.
Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News thinks Trent Cole will benefit greatly from the departure of Jim Washburn and the death of the wide-nine.
CSN Philly's Reuben Frank writes that Michael Vick's time as an Eagle was disappointing. Considering there were practically no expectations when he was signed, I can't say I agree with that.
London Fletcher tells Mark Maske of the Washington Post that the Redskins were slumping before their Week 10 bye simply because they were tired.
From the Post's Mike Jones: DeAngelo Hall showed up for a local radio appearance on crutches, but he expects to play Sunday against Baltimore despite an ankle injury.