The Dallas Cowboys are hurting, badly, on both side of the ball. Seems like each week and each game brings injury news after injury news. Injuries can no longer be used as excuses to under perform in game day situations since the Green Bay Packers went to the Superbowl in 2010 and won with numerous starters out a big part of the season.
This blog, for once, it’s not to pinpoint any failures of the Dallas Cowboys but to encourage those new players who are getting opportunities to be on the field in place of the injured starters to prove to head coach Jason Garrett and company that they are good enough to start if needed. Let’s look at a few of the non starters who have made a difference this season already.
Wide receiver Cole Beasley was not a fan favorite going into the season, especially because a lot of fans look at him as a quitter since he left the team for personal reasons and then came back. Coming off the bench this season Beasely has been targeted 21 times and has caught 13 of them for 114 yards and 7 first downs. Expect Beasley this week to continue being a part of the offense at time and to continue to make impacts with the offense.
Dwayne Harris this year has been a diamond in the rough on special teams as well as making an impact when playing on offense for the Dallas Cowboys. Harris this season has been targeted 20 times and has caught 11 of those for 135 yards and 5 first downs. With wide receiver Kevin Ogletree once again on the decline, look for a lot more Harris this week to continue to be productive on both kick returns and on offense especially with wide receiver Dez Bryant’s finger injury.
With lineback DeMarcus Ware likely out for Sunday’s game (at the time of this blog) look for a like more of Alex Albright in his place. So far this season he has had a combined 16 sacks. Of course, he isn’t a DeMarcus Ware but he can step it up and show us what he’s made of.
With both Josh Brent placed on the reserve/non-football list and Jay Ratliff done for the season the nose tackle position falls to Sean Lissemore who has started 7 games and has a combined total of 24 sacks for the season. The run defense with Lissemore involved supports the run defense which will be needed with the Pittsburgh Steelers run game.
Today’s game should be a good one both teams fighting for a playoff spot, however, the Cowboys are limping a little more than the Steelers are but it doesn’t mean these young guys and others on the team won’t step it up to have another emotionally close win.