Cowboys Nation is painfully familiar with the massive injury curse decimating the team’s chances at postseason glory 2 years running. Look no further than 2013, when 3 of their top 5 DL had zero contribution to the season.
Recent Pro Bowlers, DT Jay Ratliff (2012) and DE Anthony Spencer (2013), were eliminated from the Cowboys’ season with one combined start and zero stats. DT/DE Tyrone Crawford, the chief DL substitute, never made it past day 1 of training camp.
The fun didn’t stop there as perennial Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware missed 3 games, played hurt most of the season, and recorded 2 sacks in his final 10 contests.
Even the depth players at the position group were littered with injuries. When the smoke cleared, Dallas had used an astounding 17 DL to fill the gameday rosters.
Star MLB Sean Lee missed 5 of the last 6 games, while other LB’s were absent parts of the season. Starting FS and CB also suffered the injury attack. Even irreplaceable QB Tony Romo was subtracted from the final winner-take-all with the Eagles.
Several players on both sides of the ball disappeared for integral stretches of the season. Not to make excuses for missing the playoffs a 3rd consecutive year, but post-season entry with those absurd handicaps was chasing miracles.