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5 Players Cowboys Should Sit In 2017 Season Finale

Due to the devastating loss on Christmas Eve to the last week, the don't really have anything left to play for in the last regular-season game of the year. With nothing on the line, this provides the perfect opportunity to evaluate some of the players on the roster. But, which players should play and who would the staff decide to sit in order to get them on the field?

Those are the questions running through my head right now. I'm a firm believer of getting players on the field in situations like this when there is nothing left to play for. Yes, you want to see the Dallas Cowboys finish the season strong, but you don't get very many opportunities like this to get some game film on some of your backup players.

I believe this is an opportunity the Dallas Cowboys has to take advantage of. I mean, why not go ahead and get a jumpstart on the evaluation process to get a better understanding of your roster heading into the ?

Today, I'm going to share with you five players I am hoping the Dallas Cowboys choose to sit this week in the season finale against the . I'm hoping I don't see any of these players suited up, and I wouldn't be too upset if they didn't even make the trip with the team to Philadelphia.

Tyron SmithTyron Smith

I honestly don't believe there is any way suits up this week, especially since he existed last week's game against the Seahawks so early and didn't return. But, I still wanted to make it abundantly clear. In fact, I don't want to hear anything about Tyron Smith unless it's how he's planning on getting back to 100% before the season starts next year.

I'm hoping that he doesn't even make the trip to Philadelphia and he spends his time getting treatment on his , especially trying to find a way to prevent his back from flaring up. Maybe he can find the fountain of youth this off-season or find a time machine to take him back a few years to the dominant we all know and love. He is just too important to this organization to have recurring injuries like he battled through this year.

La'el CollinsLa'el Collins

You may not have been fully aware, but like Tyron Smith, La'el Collins was also battling a back that kept him out of practices in the later part of the season. Collins didn't miss a game, but it's something that he needs to get taken care of before it gets worse. That is why I would personally sit him this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Surprisingly enough, Collins has really solidified and upgraded the right position for the Cowboys. But it's his versatility that really makes him valuable next season and for years to come. For instance, if the another tackle in the upcoming draft, they could kick Collins back inside to left . But for now, Collins has really solidified that position, which makes his future health important to the organization.

Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush
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Dak Prescott

This is a meaningless game for the Dallas Cowboys, which means I don't want to see their starting quarterback Dak Prescott on the field at all. This is especially true since I think it would be a smart move to sit both of their tackles (see above). Without the offensive lines bookends, I'm expecting to see a lot of pressure applied to the QB. That doesn't benefit Prescott's development at all and opens him up to a possible injury.

I would really like to see how performs against starting caliber players in a game type situation that's not . The Cowboys need to figure out if Rush is capable of being their backup QB next season and what better way to do that than to get some actual game film of him. Plus, Prescott seems to perform better when he's being pushed like he was last season when he had breathing down his neck.

RB Ezekiel ElliottEzekiel Elliott

I fully understand that just returned last week against the Seahawks from his six-game , but there is nothing to gain by having him on the field this week against the Eagles. If we learned anything during his absence it is that the Cowboys is a different animal when he is on the field and they struggle without him.

I think the Cowboys should get more involved and allow him to carry the heavy workload against the Eagles. He has already proven to be a weapon in small doses this year, but I would really like to see how he performs when he handles the majority of the workload. The Cowboys will probably need to find a RB2 next year, so it would be wise to see how Rod Smith performs as the primary guy.

LB Sean LeeSean Lee

Sean Lee is another player I absolutely don't want to see in pads against the Eagles in the season finale. He unfortunately has a tendency to sustain injuries at the worst time and I don't want to put his 2018 availability in jeopardy. Like Ezekiel Elliott does for the offense, Sean Lee dramatically changes how the performs when he is not in the field.

I would like to see some of the younger linebackers the Cowboys have on the roster. They have received very little playing time this season, but this is a perfect opportunity to get them on the field. The position is arguably one of the Cowboys top priorities this off-season and without a doubt could use some new blood. Evaluating their current LBs is a good way to determine just how big of a need that actually is.

Honerable Mention: Sit and play in his place. Sit and play in his place. Sit and play in his place.

Who do you think the Cowboys should sit in the season finale?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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tjones122

I would sit Beasley and dez too and witten let’s see switzer, brown, and the young tight ends. We’ve seen the shit show long enough. I wouldn’t mind seeing Dan skipper in action on the online as well

Charles

Dan Slipper is no longer on the practice squad

Jorge Sure

those who should not travel is Jason Garret and the other 2 useless who do not have a game plan in situ to win or win, that’s what they should do.

EverybodyTalks

There are a few that can’t play. Scandrick and Irving, plus Tyron and Butler — that’s 4 right there, who will probably be on the inactive list. Zeke will want to go because he hasn’t played and still has a shot at 1,000 yards for the season. If you don’t want Sean Lee to play, hide his helmet. If you sit La’el, then you have Byron Bell and Chaz Green attempting to block — Good GOD!! If that is the case, you need to treat it like a preseason game. No Dak, Zeke, Dez, Beaslley or Witten. BRING in the ALTERNATES!!

Russ_Te

Check on all of those. Too much downside vs no upside, and vs upside in playing their backups.

Unfortunately coaches start their nucleus in meaningless games to pad their W-L, when they are on any hot seat kind of status. That move has Garrett’s name on it this week.

Regardless if he’s 9-7 this year, Jones needs to realize Garrett is 0-4 in late season elimination games – none worse than the chip shot he missed Sunday. I think everyone has seen enough.

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