Dallas Cowboys Potential Tied To Injury Prone Players

Dec 11, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) is assisted off the field by team personnel after being injured in the first quarter of the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys RB, DeMarco Murray was a bargain the year he was drafted because he was injury prone.  LB, Bruce Carter was available for the same reason.  The Cowboys took a flyer on both of them.

LB, Sean Lee tore the ACL in his right knee and did not play his senior year at Penn State, otherwise, he probably would have gone in the 1rst round instead of 2nd when he was drafted.

Last year, the Cowboys were high on Safety Matt Johnson out of Eastern Washington, who they thought was a steal being still available in the 4th round.  Matt only played 7 games in his senior year due to shoulder surgery.

WR, Danny Coale was drafted in the 5th round.  Wasn’t injury prone (that I’m aware of) in college, but injured himself in training camp, as did Matt Johnson, and never saw the field.  Cowboy’s head coach, Jason Garrett is high on both players – if they can get and stay healthy.

Add to that list:  WR Miles Austin, NT Jay Ratliff, RB Phillip Tanner, C Phil Costa and countless other Cowboy’s players and we can begin to see that  Jerry Jones has banked a lot of time and money (not to mention future) on the potential of injured players.

Can you just imagine, if all the players I mentioned so far were healthy for an entire season?  The Cowboys have been scarce with pro bowl players recently, but I’m sure that, at least with Sean Lee and DeMarco Murray,  the Cowboys would have been represented.

There in lies the rub.

Cowboys QB, Tony Romo may have gotten the big contract, but can we expect him to carry the team if many key players are on injured reserve?   The Cowboys looked like that revolutionary war battle painting, the one with the bandaged drummer and flute player and another marching, continue to play even though they are all tore up.  I know we’re America’s Team, but come on.

If only we can stay healthy this year.  What a team we have – on paper.

I know the saying in the NFL, where injuries are common place.  It’s ‘the next man up‘.  But I don’t remember another time in recent memory where the Cowboys were so dependent on injury prone players.

We see the potential in LB Sean Lee,  he could, and probably will, anchor the Dallas Cowboys defense for years to come with LB Bruce Carter by his side.  Imagine the state of our passing game if Miles Austin can stay on the field (and not limping) and Danny Coale can get on the field.

If there was a fantasy league that consisted of players only on the disabled list,  what a team you could assemble,  and you can call your team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Here’s hoping for good health this year, CowboysNation – Break a leg!

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