Trent Cole Recovering from Hand Surgery and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts to causing a fumble by quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Ravens 24-23. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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It's a lot easier for injuries to fly under the radar once teams are no longer forced to report player statuses in the offseason, but usually we end up catching wind of surgical procedures one way or another.

In the latest case, an anonymous sources tells USA Today's Mike Garafolo that Eagles defensive end Trent Cole has undergone hand surgery that could sideline him for a portion of spring workouts. 

The person said Cole has been dealing with the issue for over a year and is hoping this procedure will finally correct it, especially since Cole relies on using his hands so much.

That might actually be the case to a slightly lesser extent if he becomes a 3-4 outside linebacker in 2013. The 30-year-old Cole is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, so maybe this will help him get back on track. Eagles fans just hope he doesn't lose too much practice time, especially if he's forced to make that position change. 

On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East.


Dallas Cowboys

From's Calvin Watkins: Jerry Jones is trying to claim that Jason Garrett was behind all of the changes to the coaching staff last month. 

From Damin Esper of the Dallas Morning News: Tony Romo blew a late lead at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.


New York Giants

SNY's John Fennelly takes a look at the team's defensive free agents

The entire writing staff agrees that David Wilson will rush for 1,000 yards in 2013.


Philadelphia Eagles

From Lew Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: A breakdown of the Eagles' now-confirmed coaching staff

CSN Philly's Reuben Frank notes that said staff is short on NFL experience


Washington Redskins

Rich Tandler of Real Redskins writes that this is a big offseason for third-year wideout Leonard Hankerson

Add Derek McGinty, Mike Florio and Jim Vance to the list of those who believe the Redskins should change their offensive nickname.