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Tuesday September 6th, 2011

An abbreviated look at what’s going on around the NFL on Tuesday, Sept. 6:

• The Cowboys continue to hold out hope that their starting cornerbacks, Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins, will be healthy enough for Week 1 action. So far, neither player has been able to even practice.

Christian Ponder will be the Vikings' backup quarterback when the regular season opens Sunday, but Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier sounds like he may try to work Joe Webb into his offense.

• With the Ravens signing ex-Cowboys center Andre Gurode, questions naturally arose about starting center Matt Birk's health -- he missed a substantial amount of time this preseason. But Birk says he's not worried.

• Undrafted free agent CB Chris Hawkins spent last season working construction after being cut by Baltimore. In his second year, though, he's earned a spot on the Titans roster.

Brady Quinn's performance this preseason has earned him the No. 2 QB role in Denver, though Tim Tebow may still see more action in specially-designed packages.

• Donald Jones will get the first shot in Buffalo this season to take over Lee Evans' vacated No. 2 receiver position. Jones will start opposite Stevie Johnson against the Chiefs Sunday.

• The Patriots released James Sanders and Brandon Meriweather, meaning that Josh Barnett and Sergio Brown will have every opportunity to win a starting safety spot. • How will the Eagles' linebackers fare in 2011? At least one scout is convinced that "it's a very, very average group."

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