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    Has Cowboys DT Depth Become A Serious Concern?

    The made a statement with an impressive win over a talented team Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately they didn't escape unscathed. Lost in all of the excitement was the under the radar to . His injury has raised serious concerns for the depth at the DT position for the Cowboys.

    Brian Price has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and dislocated patella tendon, an injury that will land him on injured reserve. The Dallas Cowboys were already thin at the DT position after was placed on IR, and Price's injury unfortunately depletes the depth even more.

    Now, I know what you're probably thinking. Brian Price probably isn't that big of a loss since he was just a rotational player anyway. But, I think you would be wrong and I'll tell you why.

    Yes, Brian Price is a rotational player in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys at the 1-technique, but he has actually been doing a pretty good job in that role. Stats will say that he just has eight tackles on the year, but he doesn't receive credit for clogging up the middle and helping shut down the run game. That's where he has been the most valuable and something the Cowboys may have a difficult time replacing with their current players.

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    A big bodied, run stuffing defensive is something the Dallas Cowboys are in need of and supposedly explored the possibility of acquiring last week before the . Unfortunately that didn't happen, but the need has definitely increased after learning that Brian Price will miss the remainder of the season.

    DT Maliek Collins
    Dallas Cowboys DT

    As things stand right now, Maliek Collins and are really the only two players on the Cowboys roster capable playing the 1-tech down after down. and possibly could fill in on passing situations, but the need for another big bodied space eater is evident.

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    Unfortunately, Maliek Collins has been dealing with a foot injury that has kept him out of a few practices and limited his effectiveness on the field. Foot injuries unfortunately have a way of lingering throughout the season. To me, that indicates the DT position is a serious concern right now.

    A few weeks ago I suggested the Dallas Cowboys sign free agent DT Arthur Jones to help add depth to the position, and with an increased need now, it definitely seems like a smart move to me. Whether the Cowboys brass make such a move is unknown at this point, but the depth at the DT position has definitely become a serious concern.

    The Dallas Cowboys is finally starting to come together, and they can't afford to take a step back because of a glaring need. I know the 1-tech isn't highly valued in 's 4-3 , but the position does help keep the linebackers clean to make tackles and help shutdown the . That is why I believe Brian Price's injury may be more important to the overall defensive performance than we may believe.

    Do you think the Cowboys DT depth is a concern?

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    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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    oneputter

    i wasn’t too thrilled about price, not saying i’m glad he’s hurt but i just didn’t see anything from him when he was on the field.

    next man up, lewis neal welcome to the 53…..let’s go eat!!

    Brian Martin

    That’s certainly understandable that you weren’t too thrilled about Brian Price. He unfortunately plays one of those positions that doesn’t receive a lot of attention. He is one of the reasons why David Irving has been able to play so well. Price is able to occupy two offensive lineman which helps in both the running and passing game. The Cowboys absolutely need to find another space eating DT and unfortunately Lewis Neal isn’t the answer. Neal is undersized even for a 3-tech and the Cowboys already have plenty of options at that position.