Injury Bug Hits NFC East

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 25, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Bruce Johnson #25 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

After making his perennial stop to a Madden cover star when he injured Troy Polamalu for a few weeks, the injury bug decided to shake things up in the NFC East. The injury bug, or Conway Twitty as I will to refer to him, always seems to find his way to the teams who are poised for a big season, and he attacks when he is least expected.

Going in to week 3, the Giants have just got word that they are going to be without their young standout safety, Kenny Phillips, for the rest of the season. This is a huge blow to a Giants team that just came off of a great victory against the Dallas Cowboys, due in large part to the two interceptions by Phillips. After seeing the kind of impact that Phillips had in such a big game, Conway Twitty (the injury bug) felt it was only right to even the playing field and send Phillips to the IR. Losing a player like him should be extremely hurtful because he is not going to be easily replaced. In my opinion, finding a safety of Phillips’ caliber from a backup is like finding somebody with three eye-balls, in the sense that’s it’s nearly impossible to find. The loss of Phillips should cripple the Giants going forward, and they are going to need somebody to step up big-time if they want to be as dangerous as they can be.

Moving along, Conway Twitty decided to make a familiar stop when he dropped in to Philadelphia. And boy did Twitty do some damage! He took out Shawn Andrews for the year…Again! He injured Donovan McNabb…Again! He injured Brian Westbrook…Again! And he injured DeSean Jackson…For the first time. Coming in to the season, the Eagles’ offense looked as though they would be an explosive offense with all of the speed and clever play-calling that they had. If McNabb and company doesn’t get healthy soon, though, it will all be for not. The Eagles are becoming the kind of team known as “Paper Champions,” (Lee Flowers’ favorite line) as they always seem to have a great team on paper, but never translate it to winning on the field.

Finally, Conway Twitty paid a visit to Jerry Jones’ new billion dollar stadium on Sunday night, where he didn’t even need a ticket or party pass to enter (He’s VIP, I guess). During the Cowboys’ battle with the Giants, Twitty decided to interrupt a possible touchdown run by Marion Barber, and he decided to strain the bruising back’s quad. When Barber fell to the ground like a ton of bricks, Twitty’s job was done, and he left the stadium feeling accomplished. Losing Barber will surely hurt the Cowboys, but they seemingly have respectable backups to fill in. However, knowing Conway Twitty’s affection for backups and mediocrity, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice better watch out on Monday night when they face the Panthers. I’m just sayin’…

As for the Redskins, there are no key injuries worth mentioning. I guess Conway Twitty did not feel that the Redskins were good enough to lose any players. Remember, Twitty’s goal is to even teams out and leave mediocrity on the playing field. Leaving the Redskins alone seems to fit perfectly into his plans.

Oh, and as for you, Larry Fitzgerald, all that hard work and hyperbaric chamber mumbo jumbo is not going to prevent Twitty from getting to you too, so don’t be surprised when he finds you soon!