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By PFW staff

Here are some of the whispers we've been hearing around the NFC East:

• Cowboys PK David Buehler might have staved off his execution as the team's field-goal kicker, but his kickoffs must improve. A year after setting a team record for touchbacks (29), Buehler has zero through three games. One theory is that his FG struggles caused a mental block and affected his kicking approach. But he must get better in this area, which was what he was brought in to do before last season.

• Eagles head coach Andy Reid hasn't said when QB Michael Vick might return, but the fact that the coach isn't adding another quarterback to the roster shows that there's a very good chance Vick misses no more than a game or two. It also shows how much trust the team has in rookie Mike Kafka, the third QB, who has impressed with his intelligence since the day he arrived.

• Giants OLB-DE Mathias Kiwanuka established himself as the team's best defender early in the season before a freak neck injury was discovered, threatening his season. But we hear that head coach Tom Coughlin is in no rush to place Kiwanuka on injured reserve, willing to give his young defender some time to heal. There's a chance Kiwanuka could play again this season, but he'd have to be cleared by the doctors.

• Our Redskins sources don't expect Redskins OLB Lorenzo Alexander to relinquish his starting opportunity and give back his position to Andre Carter, who struggled as a 3-4 linebacker. Alexander is not a pure pass rusher, but he is a versatile defender who has shown far more athleticism dropping into coverage this year than anyone could have hoped.

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