Unlikely Savior: OL Cam Erving Expected to Return & Start This Week

    If it wasn't for 's then the devastation of the Cowboys' would be the team's biggest story right now. Thankfully, Dallas should be getting at least one experienced player back this week in versatile backup .

    Erving has been out since the season opener with a knee injury suffered against the Rams. While signed for his experience and position flexibility, Cam didn't start that week as Dallas gave the opportunity to rookie Terrence Steele at . Erving was injured on a play.

    But now Cam should not only return in Week 7 but will likely be the Cowboys' starting left . With already on Dallas just lost as well for at least the next three games.

    Erving was a post-draft addition for the Cowboys. A former 1st-round pick by the , Cam has started 42 career games and played at every position on the offensive line.

    The expectation when Dallas originally signed Erving was that he'd be the swing tackle, replacing after he left for the Giants. But Steele, an undrafted rookie, had impressed the coaches enough that he was given the start in with on injured reserve.

    Things have gone from bad to much, much worse for Dallas' offensive line health. Tyron Smith has since joined Collins on IR and neither will be back in 2020. Starting is also there for at least two more games, and now Brandon Knight will miss time as well.

    Even 's status for this week's game is up in the air as he works through the concussion protocol after leaving the Cardinals' game on Monday night.

    That leaves left as the only original starter certain to play this Sunday in Washington. If Cam Erving returns as expected, he will have more experience than the rest of his fellow linemen put together.

    Mind you, this in no way means that will be safe this week. Erving has hardly lived up to his draft status and left tackle is probably the worst spot to put him.

    Unfortunately, the Cowboys simply don't have a better option right now. Hopefully Cam is up to the challenge as Dallas tries to get a pivotal victory this week against the Football Team.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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    Well if he can play anywhere in the vicinity of his draft position, then maybe we are good there. Big if, but let’s hope, for sake of keeping Dalton in the upright position.

    Gary b

    He never has played up to his draft position. But he was solid with the Chief’s last yr and will definitely be an upgrade, especially considering the cowboys OL issues.