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  • Welcome back, suspended players! Cowboys, Chargers, Jets get big help

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago

    We are entering Week 5 of the NFL after Monday night's game, and that means the return of several high-profile NFL players who committed some kind of no-nos that cost them the first quarter of the season.

    The Dallas Cowboys, who have been ravaged by injuries, get back defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain, and perhaps not a moment too soon. Linebacker Sean Lee left the loss Sunday night to the New Orleans Saints with a concussion, and promising defensive end Randy Gregory remains out.

    On tap for the Cowboys in Week 5: the New England Patriots, coming off a bye. Good luck, Brandon Weeden! (Or Matt Cassel?) 

    The New York Jets roll into the bye week a surprising 3-1 and look like the one team in the AFC East that has the defense that can keep the Patriots in check. This week, they get Sheldon Richardson back on a defense that ranks second in the NFL in yards allowed (280.3), fourth in first downs per game allowed (16.8) and first in points allowed (13.8). If there's one area that could improve, it's the run defense — and, boom, that's where Richardson is considered one of the league's best in that capacity.

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