Following are some whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC East:
• The Giants are starting to be concerned with the health of OLT Shawn Andrews, and head coach Tom Coughlin raised red flags when he said the player's condition was "more than muscular." It's believed that Andrews' back issues are related to the ones that led to his exit from Philadelphia and could be compounded with more playing time.
• Cowboys QB Jon Kitna's strong play since taking over — his yardage per attempt this season is higher than Tony Romo's mark — make him a strong candidate to return in 2011, especially if Jason Garrett is retained as head coach. Kitna will turn 39 next season but clearly has shown he still can sling it and be an effective backup.
• The Eagles have felt more comfortable playing rookie TE Clay Harbor more in recent weeks after he went seven straight games as a healthy inactive. Although he committed a holding penalty on Jorrick Calvin's would-be TD return on the opening kickoff in Thursday's win over the Texans, Harbor has shown he can be used as an offensive piece and has enabled the team to use more two-TE sets along with Brent Celek and Garrett Mills going forward.
• If Redskins TE coach Jon Embree accepts the University of Colorado head-coaching job, it would mean that Chris Cooley will be on his fourth position coach in as many years. Will it have hurt his development? Not necessarily, we hear, but Cooley reportedly is fond of Embree's coaching and would be sorry to see him leave.