NFC Notes

<b><u>Philadelphia Eagles</u></b> <br><br> <b> Levens Coming on Strong</b> <br><br> When the Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran RB Dorsey Levens this past summer, the expectation was that he would work himself in to shape.

He has basically used the regular season as his training camp and looked to hit his stride last Monday night at Dallas.

Levens ran well against Dallas and looked better on film according to a league source than he has in years. The hope is that he'll be able to handle 7-10 carries a game in back of Brian Westbrook and handle short-yardage work.

Arizona Cardinals

Ball Control Working Well

The decision was made many weeks ago to go from a passing offense to a running offense.

Why?

By doing so, they would take the pressure off of third-year QB Josh McCown to win games. Head coach Dennis Green decided to rely on veteran RB Emmitt Smith who is in terrific shape.

The plan is for Smith to handle 15-18 carries a game and no.2 RB Troy Hambrick to handle 7-10.

By using a ball control approach this keeps the scores low and they can continue to win with defense.

Miami Dolphins

Morris to Remain Starter

When head coach Jim Bates announced Wednesday that Sammy Morris would remain the team's starting running back, it came to no surprise.

Morris has done nothing to lose the no.1 spot on the depth chart and has done a nice job. He has run with power and has been able to run through whatever holes their less than stellar line has opened up.

Veteran RB Travis Minor is finally over a lingering ankle injury and will continue to come off the bench as a chance of pace.

Seattle Seahawks

Robinson Likely to Play

WR Koren Robinson had his appeal of the four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse on Tuesday.

Because the NFL didn't announce his suspension before he returned to practice on Wednesday, Robinson will likely be able to play this Sunday against Miami.

If the league doesn't hand down a suspension by the close of business on Tuesday, they will generally let the player participate in practice and play in that current week's game.

It's still believed that Robinson will lose the appeal and will start serving the suspension starting next week and won't be eligible to return until week 16.

Minnesota Vikings

Wiggins a Surprising Factor

One of the more amazing stories has to be in regard to veteran TE Jermaine Wiggins breakout season.

Wiggins did not have a good training camp and according to an NFL source, would have been released prior to the start of the season had TE Richard Angulo not suffered a season-ending knee injury. Wiggins was still destined to be a backup until starter Jim Kleinsassser also suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Since week two, the journeyman Wiggins has 33 catches for 311 yards and three scores (six games). He has already eclipsed career highs in catches and yards for one season and is one touchdown reception away from tying a career best for one season.

Wiggins clearly has become a security blanket for QB Daunte Culpepper since no.1 WR Randy Moss has been out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury.

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