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NFC East Notes: Victor Cruz on crutches
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You may have heard that Chip Kelly named Mike Vick the starting quarterback on Tuesday (see story).

Vick, who had to compete for a starting spot for perhaps the first time in his career, said he was glad Kelly challenged him to do so (see story).

Meanwhile, the news came as no surprise to Vick's teammates, who supported the decision (see story).

Here are some other notes from around the division on Tuesday:

Giants: Cruz on crutches
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are giving wide receiver Victor Cruz's bruised left heel a little extra medical attention.

The team's leading receiver the past two seasons, Cruz walked to a podium Tuesday using crutches and with his foot in a boot. It raised some immediate concerns about the severity of his injury.

Cruz quickly dispelled them, asking reporters why everyone looked so sad.

The reality is the Giants are just being cautious with the regular-season opener at Dallas less than three weeks away.

Cruz bruised the heel Sunday night trying to catch a long pass from Eli Manning on the opening series. It was a jump-ball type of play, and one of the defenders came down on his foot. It immediately went numb (see full story).

Giants: Rookie OL Pugh named starter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' first-round draft pick Justin Pugh is now a starter.

The Giants shuffled their offensive line on Tuesday in the wake of a knee injury to center David Baas, and Pugh has taken over at the right tackle position.

Left guard Kevin Boothe was moved to center to replace Baas and the versatile David Diehl shifted from right tackle to left guard.

Pugh made his NFL debut on Sunday night in a preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts and played well, coach Tom Coughlin said.

The 19th overall pick in the draft missed the first game with a concussion (see full story).

Cowboys: Claiborne still out hurt
IRVING, Texas -- When Morris Claiborne jammed his left knee during Dallas Cowboys training camp, the cornerback said he would be back the next day.

That was two weeks ago, and Claiborne still hasn't returned to practice.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that he doesn't anticipate a lot of practice for Claiborne this week, or this weekend.

Claiborne has already missed the first three preseason games. There two more tuneup games before the Sept. 8 season opener. The Cowboys will play Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Even after missing his first preseason because of left wrist surgery, then time during his first camp with a sprained MCL in his left knee, Claiborne had 64 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception while starting 15 games as a rookie.

Redskins: No ligament damage for QB Cousins
WASHINGTON -- A person familiar with the situation says Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has no ligament damage in his right foot and should be ready for the regular season opener.

Cousins had an MRI on Tuesday. He sprained his foot when he was tackled at the end of a run in the second quarter of Monday night's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Redskins have not announced the results of the MRI. Coach Mike Shanahan was expected to discuss Cousins' status when practice resumes Wednesday.

Cousins' injury means third-stringer Rex Grossman is now the team's top healthy quarterback. Robert Griffin III is returning from knee surgery and is hoping to be cleared for the regular season opener Sept. 9 (see full story).