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The Valley Ranch Review: Nick Folk has Surgery, Tough NFC East

Nick Folk had surgery yesterday.

Cowboys kicker Nick Folk had surgery on his right hip Tuesday to repair a labral tear and is expected to need eight weeks to resume light kicking, which could allow him to return in time for training camp.

Hat tip to Brandon Worley for his FanPost.

Rick Gosselin picks the Giants and Eagles to control the NFC. He cites their drafts and free agent acquisitions as reasons both teams will be better this season.

The Giants aren't building this team for the future – they are building for now. Nicks gives them now on the flank. And Barden gives them size. He was the biggest receiver in this draft at 6-6 – size that will help New York replace the 6-5 Burress in the red zone.

The Eagles started building on the foundation of a 9-6-1 wild-card team with the off-season trade acquisition of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters from the Buffalo Bills. With Demarcus Ware, Umenyiora and now Brian Orakpo roaring off the weak side on the pass rush, you need a quality left tackle to survive in the NFC East. The Eagles now have one of the best.

As for the Cowboys and Redskins:

Both Dallas and Washington fielded top 10 defenses in 2008. But Washington's will be markedly better on that side of the ball in 2009 with $100 million free agent tackle Albert Haynesworth clogging up the middle and first-round draft pick Orakpo bring his speed off the edge in the pass rush.

The Cowboys have the better offense than Washington – but how much better without lead receiver Terrell Owens and his 10 touchdowns? With the Cowboys moving into a billion-dollar palace in 2009, I thought Jerry Jones would make a dramatic move at some point to excite ticket buyers.

More after the jump, including some rookie previews and updates on the facility collapse investigation.

Pete Prisco gives the Cowboys a #15 overall power ranking saying:

They have talent, but something just seems to be off. I don't think they're as good as the Eagles or Giants in their own division, which is why they are down this low.

He ranks the Eagles at 5, Giants at 6, and the Skins at 23.

Ex-Cowboys safety Roy Williams has found a new home with the Bengals. Roy re-unites with Mike Zimmer and Tank Johnson, although his contract isn't quite up to what he got last time he signed one.

The Dallas Cowboys vs. The Dallas Texans? That's right! This year, the Cowboys will be playing in two "Legacy" games to commemorate the 50th anniversary for the eight original AFL teams. Other than the Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs), the Cowboys will host the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys need a new practice home. Could the new stadium in Arlington be ready?

Another Summit Structure facility at an Oklahoma casino was set to be inspected prior to this weekend's accident.

Spokeswoman Kym Koch says the inspection was planned two weeks ago, but could be prioritized after the collapse Saturday at the Cowboys' facility injured 12 and paralyzed one man from the waist down.

Both tents were built by Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., but Koch says the casino's tent structure is not as tall as the one that was at Cowboys' practice facility.

This wasn't the first practice facility collapse for QB Rudy Carpenter. A similar bubble structure used by Arizona State was also destroyed by a storm last year.

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