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FB Sewo Olonilua has Neck Injury, Could Change Cowboys 2021 Roster

The came out of last Thursday's relatively healthy but not completely unscathed. candidate , arguably the front-runner at the position right now, suffered a neck and could miss significant time.

An undrafted last year, Olonilua spent most of 2020 on the but did get called up for a couple games. After veteran opted out under the policy, Dallas elected to go without a true fullback for the majority of the season.

The Cowboys released Olawale last March and didn't make any significant move to replace him. They signed Louisiana's Nick Ralston as an undrafted rookie, making him and Sewo Olonilua the only FB options in .

When it comes to the fullback position, the bigger question in 2021 has been if the Cowboys would keep one at all. The theme of FB obsolescence is well know throughout the modern NFL, with Dallas being one of the holdouts thanks to the previous influence of and .

is new school and clearly not as devoted to the traditional fullback. And while was known for having productive FBs with the Packers, we've yet to see that he's brought any of that to his next job.

As of last Thursday night, Sewo Olonilua was getting the first opportunities over Nick Ralston. Only the coaches know if that was based on merit over just deferring to a 2nd-year player over a rookie; we're still too early into camp and to know for sure.

But now, with Olonilua out and perhaps for a while, Ralston is the only true FB left for practices. Will more reps help him to make the team, or could Olonilua's absence only push Dallas further toward not keeping a FB at all?

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Tough break for Sewo, hope for a speedy recovery. Hopefully UDFA Ralston can fill in competently. Someone in the front office was thinking ahead.

When I think FBs, my mind goes back to “Moose” Johnston, and the maybe under appreciated role he played in the great success of Emmitt Smith.

FBs are an endangered species these days, with the emphasis on the passing game and multiple receivers. However, I think a good FB may still be a viable option to an offense, especially when trying to grind out a “clock killing” long drive on the ground, to close out a game/win. I remember Emmitt and Moose doing a “few” of those.

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