Rams at Cowboys
by Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram
Impact Injuries: Starting defensive end Jason Hatcher will miss his third consecutive start with a calf injury, and running back Felix Jones will miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. Marcus Spears will start in Hatcher’s spot, and DeMarco Murray is expected to get the bulk of the carries in place of Jones. Left guard Bill Nagy is out for the year with a broken ankle. Dallas Cowboys signed Montrae Holland, who the Cowboys had released before the season, and he will start in Nagy’s spot since Derrick Dockery is out another week with a fractured tibia and sprained MCL.
The X-Factor: Receiver Dez Bryant has failed to catch a pass in the second half of three of the four games he has played. He has only two catches for 50 yards in the second half of games this season. Bryant was targeted only twice in the second half last week. Three of Tony Romo’s six interceptions have come on passes intended for Bryant, so there is some speculation that Romo has lost faith in Bryant.
Don’t be surprised if: Rookie DeMarco Murray rushes for 100 yards. The Cowboys rank 27th in rushing, and Felix Jones has only one 100-yard game. In fact, the Cowboys have had only two games this season when they have had 100 yards rushing as a team. But the Rams rank last in the league in rushing yards. Murray has 24 carries for 71 yards this season.