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NFC East Roundup: Week 8 in the books

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With that in mind, each week takes a look at the latest news and happenings around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys (6-2, 1-1 NFC East)

Week 8: L, 20-17 (OT) vs. Washington (Mon. night) *Streak:Lost 1 Next: vs. Arizona*

  • Quarterback Tony Romo will undergo additional testing on Tuesday after being forced to leave in the third quarter of Monday night's game with a back contusion. He did not return until the Cowboys' final drive of regulation. "Obviously he was cleared to go back into the game last night, so we felt good enough about that when the initial X-Rays were negative," coach Jason Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan, according to "But they want to do some more extensive tests. We'll find out more as the day goes on."
  • Running back DeMarco Murray extended his NFL record with an eighth straight 100-yard rushing game to start the season. He had 141 yards rushing on Monday night, in addition to 80 receiving.
  • LB Justin Durant suffered a torn biceps and will likely need season-ending surgery, according to owner Jerry Jones. "He's got a torn bicep, so that's probably going to be it for him," Jones told reporters following the Monday night game. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2, 2-0 NFC East)

Week 8: L, 24-20 at Arizona *Streak:Lost 1 Next: at Houston*

  • Rookie wide receiver John Brown caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer with 1:21 remaining in the game to give the Cardinals a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Eagles quarterback Nick Foles attempted 62 passes, completing 36 of them for 411 yards and two touchdowns -- both to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. However, Foles was twice intercepted by Antonio Cromartie.
  • The Eagles, with 110 yards on the ground, were the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Cardinals this season.

New York Giants (3-4, 1-2 NFC East)

Week 8: BYE *Streak:Lost 2 Next: vs. Indianapolis (Mon. night)*

Tom Coughlin delivered a spirited and upbeat address to the Giants players following the team's first post-bye practice on Monday, writes’s Michael Eisen. "I think the message also was that you look around the league and you see teams that are playing superbly that maybe hadn't been playing superbly," Coughlin said. "So to me, we've got to play above the X's and O's. We've got nine games to play as well as we can possibly play. I think anybody in that locker room can do that. They just have to realize the amount of the season and the schedule that's gone by and yet we have nine opportunities. Let's go. One at a time."

  • Starting middle linebacker Jon Beason, who revisited foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. over the bye week, will require surgery and miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Beason has been dealing with a foot and toe injury that caused him to miss Weeks 3-5 and forced him into an early exit against Dallas in the Giants' last game before the break.
  • Running back Rashad Jennings, who is dealing with a knee injury, was able to do some light running on Monday, but Coughlin said he is "not ready to go" and is "day-to-day."

Washington Redskins (3-5, 1-2 NFC East)

Week 8: W, 20-17 (OT) at Dallas (Mon. night) *Streak:Won 2 *Next: *at Minnesota*

  • Colt McCoy started at quarterback for the first time since 2011 when he played for the Cleveland Browns. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the overtime thriller against Dallas.
  • When Robert Griffin III (dislocated ankle) is cleared to return, he will be the Redskins' starting quarterback, according to coach Jay Gruden. "We went into training camp and did all the OTAs with Robert Griffin as our starter, so when Robert's back, Robert's our starter," Gruden said after Monday night’s win. "That hasn't changed. I haven't varied off of that or wavered off of that. In my mind, Robert, when he's ready, he'll be ready to go."
  • Tom Compton replaced Tyler Polumbus as the team's starting right tackle.

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