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Dallas Cowboys: Witten’s injury and the rest of the teams concerns
By Massimo Russo – Featured Writer Silver and Blue Report & Hook’em Report
The Dallas Cowboys have already been caught in football’s ring of fire with a slew of injuries and concerns on the interior offensive line. The teams starting center Phil Costa is out with a strained lower back, and is likely to miss the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers this Saturday night. David Arkin took most of the snaps in his replacement, and the offensive line looked extremely vulnerable without Costa’s presence, with most of the first string starters on the field. The only positive play that came from the offense was Tony Romo’s first down completion towards the back outside shoulder to Dez Bryant. Other than that, the offense sputtered and the special teams played sloppy across the board.
And to add more bitter salt to the water, Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury that most likely will sideline him for the remainder of the preseason, and possibly more. With Witten sidelined, John Phillips takes the Pro Bowl tight end’s spot. Although the team is confident with Phillips filling the void, he’s no Jason Witten and they’ll have to make some adjustments in Witten’s absence. The Cowboys will make a few play-calling changes, but not much. On 3rd down passing situations, it’s no secret that Witten is Romo’s bread and butter guy. And without him, Romo will have to look for someone else in the passing game that he can rely on. The positive side of Witten’s injury, if there’s any, is the simple fact of him not needing season ending surgery.
The dog days of summer, the blood, sweat and tears of preparing for the regular season are one of the key obstacles for every team to get through around this time of year. The Cowboys summer has been full of bumps, bites and off the field drama that only spells a vibe of bad things to come along the way. The offensive line on the interior part needs help. Miles Austin and Jason Witten are sidelined with injuries. And first round draft pick Morris Claiborne, a player expected to be a star at the cornerback position has not been on the field much this summer with an MCL sprain.
Hopefully, by the 5th of September the key players on the roster, Witten, Austin, Claiborne and Costa will be healed and ready to go at full strength against the defending champs. Otherwise, it’s time for Jerry Jones to make some moves to fill the void of the missing links the Cowboys need in order to compete.