RG3 Expects to Have More Freedom vs. Cowboys, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins warms up prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III played with restraints against Philadelphia last week. Only 14 days removed from suffering a knee sprain, the Washington Redskins' mobile quarterback took off just twice for four yards as Mike and Kyle Shanahan limited the offensive game plan to protect their hobbled franchise quarterback.

This week, with the season on the line against Dallas, RG3 is expected to be unleashed again in his first appearance on Sunday Night Football. 

"I'll be able to do more against the Cowboys than Philly," Griffin said, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post, "but we'll see how that goes."

Mike Shanahan added that he felt Griffin could have done anything necessary against Philadelphia, but that they employed a conservative game plan anyway in order to protect him. I find that hard to believe considering how slow he looked with that knee brace, so we'll see if the 'Skins are just saying certain things publicly to keep Dallas guessing.

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

Dallas Cowboys

From ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins: DeMarcus Ware missed practice again Thursday due to elbow and shoulder injuries.

From Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News: The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is back.

New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: The Giants' recent offensive performances have made Kevin Gilbride sick...literally. 

From Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger: Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck are all practicing for the Giants.

Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: A look at Andy Reid's doomed assistants. 

From Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Michael Vick doesn't like change.

Washington Redskins

From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: Tyler Polumbus is expected to practice fully on Friday.

Rick Snider of the Washington Examiner also has a piece on the resurrection of the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry