NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Oct. 6:

  • A day after relieving head coach Joe Philbin of his duties and installing Dan Campbell as interim head coach, it sounds like the Miami Dolphins could potentially have another change coming. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Campbell has been given the power to make staff decisions, and Campbell will decide today whether or not to keep defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle on staff. Coyle has been a target of criticism because of a defense that hasn't performed well despite featuring a number of talented players, including offseason signing Ndamukong Suh. It's rare that wholesale staff changes in the middle of a season actually turn things around, but it still wouldn't be a surprise to see Coyle dismissed.

  • The New York Giants' defense impressed in a big way on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and it sounds like it could be getting reinforcements late in the season. Newsday's Bob Glauber reports that the team is "cautiously optimistic" that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul "can return before the end of the season, possibly for the final four games or even longer." Glauber also notes it's still possible Pierre-Paul won't return this season. Still, the Giants would surely love to add a playmaking defensive end to a unit that has been quite steady so far. If not for late-game collapses in Weeks 1 and 2, the Giants would be 4-0 right now and atop a division that doesn't have anything resembling a clear favorite. Even at 2-2, they're fully in the NFC East race, and the return of Pierre-Paul would only be a bonus.

  • Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks left Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins after aggravating his hamstring injury, and he appears to have suffered a setback. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kendricks' hamstring is "back to where it was two weeks ago" and that it's a "stretch" for Kendricks to be ready for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. This is unfortunate for the Eagles, but hardly surprising. It's extremely common for hamstring injuries to linger and bother players who try to return too quickly. Kendricks may be back in two weeks, but we wouldn't be surprised if he's bothered by the injury for much of the season. Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso is still recovering from a knee injury, but Philadelphia does have DeMeco Ryans and rookie third-rounder Jordan Hicks, so Kendricks' setback isn't catastrophic.

  • The Detroit Lions appear to have gotten positive news about the injury to tight end Eric Ebron, and it also seems like Brandon Pettigrew is trending upward. Fox's Mike Garafolo reports the Lions are "optimistic" about Pettigrew making his return this week against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury. Ebron may not be ready to play this week, but having Pettigrew back ensures that Matthew Stafford will still have a reliable target in the middle of the field. Perhaps Pettigrew can help the Lions' offense get going.