Dallas Cowboys fans entered Saturday's preseason finale with low expectations. Continue to see growth from the second and third-stringers and get out of dodge without a potentially devastating injury to a key depth player.
With Dak Prescott calling the plays on offense, the Cowboys marched down the field on their first possession that culminated in a touchdown run by Will Grier. The sideline erupted in celebration, but the offense took a hit a few plays earlier when Josh Ball limped off the field and was escorted to the locker room with an apparent injury.
Already thin behind the starting five after Chuma Edoga's injury, a potential serious injury to Ball would make the Cowboys all the more in need of another body.
Depending on Ball's results, they might be forced to sign a veteran -- akin to Jason Peters last summer -- in the coming days.
Cowboys OL takes another hit with Josh Ball injury vs Raiders
Ball is questionable to return with a hip injury, per the broadcast.
The former fourth-round pick showed out last weekend against the Seahawks and is firmly in contention for one of the final offensive line spots -- maybe even as the team's swing tackle.
Some would argue Ball was trending toward making the 53-man roster regardless. The fact he started at guard is encouraging but also suggests his spot is anything but safe. For Ball's sake, you have to hope the injury isn't serious.
For the Cowboys, though, this adds to the urgency to add another proven OL. Fans on social media have called for a Jason Peters reunion. The future Hall of Famer recently stated his intentions to play another season, though he hasn't taken an official visit with any teams yet.
The Cowboys like what they've seen from rookies Asim Richards and T.J. Bass, but fans have reservations about how'd they perform if called into regular season action. Edoga is the most experienced backup currently on the roster. That's an issue.
If Ball's injury is anything serious (something in the two-week range), Jerry Jones might have to spring into action again after trading for Trey Lance.