The 2012 season for the Dallas Cowboys was marred by injury and by the looks of the first day of training camp; the 2013 season isn't starting so well.
First there were pulls and tweaks that didn't allow Jay Ratliff, Ronald Leary or Mackenzy Bernadeau to practice. Anthony Spencer soon joined the list of players watching instead of participating, and then came the biggest blow of them all, Tyrone Crawford's season ending injury. In a non-contact drill Crawford, one of the players that many Cowboys observers pegged as a 'breakout' candidate, tearing his Achillies. It's never great news to have injuries but it's even worse when it happens during the first practice of the year and having a season ending injury.
However, the Cowboys need to move past the injury because no one is going to feel sorry for them and there are silver linings to the injury. For one, the injury wasn't to one of the players the Cowboys couldn't afford to lose. There is no question the Dallas defense will miss Crawford, especially since they were a little thin along the defensive line to begin with, but he's not DeMarcus Ware, Sean Lee, Morris Claiborne, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray. Those are among the names of players the Cowboys can ill afford to lose. Those could be potentially season crushing losses.
Another positive way to look at the injury to Crawford is to realize it happened very early in camp and the Cowboys can now move towards replacing him. All indications are that Dallas will be looking into their options and since it happened so early in training camp, the Cowboys can begin the process of moving on without him. The Cowboys now know they can't rely on Crawford because he won't be part of their plans and there's plenty of time to find someone to replace him with. If this injury happens in the middle of the season, the Cowboys don't have the benefit of giving a player the time to practice and prepare with the team.
Crawford's injury will also give the Cowboys a chance to find players who can earn a bigger role with the Cowboys. The Cowboys have been very upbeat about the young talent of Ben Bass and Nick Hayden on the defensive line and now we'll get to see just how good they are. They have the entire preseason to make their case, but if this injury happened a month from now the Cowboys don't have the luxury of getting these players the repetitions in practice, or the game experience they need.
The injury bug continues to hurt the Dallas Cowboys and losing an up and coming player like Tyron Crawford certainly hurts but the season will still go on. There's no time to feel sorry for yourself in the NFL and even though the injury news isn't good, the timing for it couldn't have been any better.
Thank goodness for silver linings.
DAL 37, PHI 10: Cowboys Correct Course by Crushing Eagles
The Dallas Cowboys will need plenty more games like this one to undo some of the damage from their recent three-game losing streak. But with a 37-10 rout of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tonight, Dallas took a big step toward redemption and restoring order in their season.
The game got ugly in a hurry for the Eagles, who fumbled on their first two possessions and set the Cowboys up for touchdowns on each. Philadelphia would answer with a score on their next drive to make it 14-7, but it was all Dallas from there.
It was a joint effort from all parts of the Cowboys roster tonight. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards rushing and another 36 receiving, plus one touchdown on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 239 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown.
Dallas' defense limited Philadelphia to just 283 total yards. DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Jourdan Lewis each recorded sacks while Xavier Woods had a rare interception for the Cowboys secondary.
Even special teams contributed; Brett Maher nailed a 63-yard field goal to end the first half and made his two other FG attempts as well.
The Eagles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, giving them a bit of an excuse for how lopsided this game got. But with Dallas now getting bye week rest while Philadelphia has to stay on the road in Buffalo, is this the beginning of the end for the Eagles' season?
- Amari Cooper led the receivers tonight with 106 yards on five catches. He did not appear to be hampered by any injury despite our worries earlier in the week.
- Maher's 63-yard field goal put him in the NFL record books as the only kicker to ever hit three career FGs from 60 or more.
- Prescott's 21st career rushing touchdown broke Roger Staubach's record for most all-time rushing TDs by a Cowboys quarterback.
- Some negative injury news coming out of the game; Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Robert Quinn (ribs) both had to leave and didn't return. No word yet on severity for either, but hopefully the bye week is all they need to recover.
- Jeff Heath was also shaken up toward the end of the game but appeared to be okay on the sideline.
- No injury setbacks for any of the Cowboys' previously concerning players. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins all made it through without incident.
- Dallas now gets a long rest with the bye week and their next game not coming until Monday, Nov. 4th, against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys are healing up, the Giants will be traveling to Detroit next Sunday.
DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead
The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.
Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.
Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.
Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.
Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.
Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.
Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.
Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.
Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!
Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams
Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.
After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.
Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.
Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.
As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names
Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.
You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.
Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?
We're about to find out!
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