Cowboys Can Absorb Very Few Injuries

I started to write a post yesterday questioning whether and how many injuries the team could endure without seeing another season implode. Then today, news broke that Terence Newman will miss the preseason with a groin injury.

Corner is one position where the Cowboys have at least some depth. Orlando Scandrick will serve as the starter, and Dallas can turn to last year’s starting free safety, Alan Ball, to play nickel. Dallas also has Bryan McCann, who showed some promise last season.

However, injuries to starters at other positions would cripple the team. Dallas has resigned Gerald Sensabaugh and brought back Abram Elam. Injuries to either of them would leave the team with the likes of Barry Church or Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. The offensive line is already a question mark with new (probable) starters in Montrae Holland and Tyron Smith.

(Can anyone name the players who would replace starters on the line in case of injury? Fair job if you got Phil Costa and/or Sam Young. The others?)

Then there are the receivers. Injures to either Miles Austin or Dez Bryant leaves the team with Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley, or Manuel Johnson on the field. Perhaps Tysson Poots can become the next Austin.

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Sad day today as Bubba Smith died. His playing days were a bit before my time, but NFL Films featured him in a number of unforgettable plays.

Bubba Smith appears in the shot on the right side (#78) in the Baltimore Colts' 16-13 win over Dallas in Super Bowl V. Smith died on August 3.