Dallas Cowboys Could Be Down Another Offensive Lineman, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 7, 2012

Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Nate Livings (71) blocks on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys could be without yet another starting interior offensive lineman this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Nate Livings missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to a knee injury, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

This is a big freakin' deal. The left guard has played at a Pro Bowl level at times this year and has probably been Dallas' most consistent offensive lineman. On Sunday, he was expected to spend a lot of time trying to contain borderline unstoppable Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins.

With left tackle Tyron Smith still coming back from injury and center Phil Costa now out for the year, the already-thin and weak Dallas line could be in big trouble against a defense that leads the NFL with 39 sacks through 13 weeks. 

Considering the shape of the defense from an injury perspective, and now this potential blow, it's beginning to look as though this could be a very tough W for the Cowboys to land.

On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division.


Dallas Cowboys

From the Dallas Morning News: Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer says Dez Bryant reminds him of Michael Irvin.

From Jon Machota of the same publication: Jason Witten says the main goal for the Cowboys on Sunday will be protecting Tony Romo.


New York Giants

From Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger: Hakeem Nicks' knee problems are back. He missed practice on Thursday.

From ESPN.com's Dan Graziano: If the Giants don't win the division, it will be a "stone-cold choke job."


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: Might the Eagles move Todd Herremans back to guard next season?

From PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia: Todd Bowles says Jim Washburn was never a problem for him.


Washington Redskins

From Rich Tandler of Real Redskins: Is Mike Shanahan a coach of the year candidate?

From Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: With Cedric Griffin out and DeAngelo Hall hobbled, D.J. Johnson and Richard Crawford will have big opportunities to step up.