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I guess we'll find out a lot more about our injury situation today when the MRI's are done and everybody is checked out at the Ranch. Montrae Holland has the bad ankle and his absence would definitely have me worried. As Tuna Helper noted in this story, Ken Hamlin was getting treatment and using a walking boot on Monday for his ankle. Wade Phillips says he'll miss some practice time this week. The way things have been going this season that could mean anything for his status Sunday. Not only that but Keith Davis has a bad knee, so we are getting desperately thin at the safety position.

During the Steelers game we played Anthony Henry as a cover safety in the sub-packages but he could be called upon for more if Hamlin or Davis can't go this week. And to think, Tra Battle, a guy who's been here just a few weeks and was on the Chargers practice squad, was actually getting meaningful snaps in the Steelers game.

According to this article we had injuries in the Steelers game to Holland, Hamlin, K. Davis, Adam Jones, Bradie James, Zach Thomas, Jay Ratliff, Jason Witten and Terence Newman. Luckily, most of those came back and played in the game. Like Terence Newman, whose injury is listed in the article as blurred vision. Ha! I guess that accounts for the Santonio Holmes play

We signed a guy to the practice squad after Quincy Butler was signed by the Rams. His name is Vickiel Vaughn, a safety who was with the Broncos in training camp after spending a few years with the 49ers.

Turns out that Jerry Jones wasn't questioning MB3's toughness, according to Jerry Jones.

"We all know how tough Marion Barber is," Jerry said. "When he had his injury, I felt, 'Look, you'll have to shoot him to keep him off the football field.' I was surprised that we didn't have him. That was not meant to be critical of his toughness. It did come out that way, but fundamentally, it was because he is so tough that you would have thought that he could play."

The secret to the Eagles controlling the Giants defense last week? According to the New York press, using max-protect blocking schemes. Also, while injured CB Aaron Ross is expected to play Sunday, this is what was said about Brandon Jacobs.

But the person cautioned Jacobs' status won't truly be known until Saturday night or even shortly before game time on Sunday.

For more on the Giants, visit SB Nation's blog Big Blue View.

OK, we're not even playing the Redskins this week but I had to post this on Clinton Portis absolutely ripping his head coach. I thought the Cowboys were the dysfunctional team?  

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