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News: Even if the Cowboys had won: They might not have any players healthy for Round 1

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By David Moore / Reporter
    11:35 pm on December 31, 2012 | Permalink

    The Cowboys have run out of games. This coincides with them running out of players.

    The team did not want to see its playoff chances end with a 28-18 loss to Washington in the final game of the regular season. The Cowboys under head coach Jason Garrett don’t make excuses for losing or injuries. But you have to wonder: If the Cowboys had won, who would have taken the field for them in the first round?

    Starting receivers Dez Bryant (back) and Miles Austin (ankle) were unable to finish the Redskins game. When the team’s charter landed in Dallas before dawn Monday, Bryant was escorted off the plane in a wheelchair.

    Tony Romo played the majority of the evening with a cracked rib. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was a shadow of his Pro Bowl self, essentially reduced to chasing defenders with one arm.

    All of this came in addition to the long list of starters and key backups who had fallen by the wayside throughout the season.

    Read more: http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2...ot-have-any-players-healthy-for-round-1.html/
  2. CIWhitefish

    CIWhitefish Active Member

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    Didn't know about the cracked rib...that puts things in perspective maybe.
  3. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Depth is kind of a key thing in the NFL. GMs should plan ahead for people to get injured. Feel free to paste this on Jerry's frig.

    Most teams have backups that can play, Dallas has a roster full of pet cats and hope filled projects that can never play when they need too. It is a roster based on the wild hope of a non-football guy. Thus when you loose a guy to injury, most teams bring the next guy up...in Dallas, they panic and sign a street FA vet to play while the crappy pet cats ride the pine.
  4. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    maybe Goodell should do something right for a chance and increase the roster sizes to 60 players, allowing all 60 to dress on gameday.
  5. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    If they had played under those rules this past year they would never have been able to pickup Ernie Sims, Sterling Moore, Charlie Peprah, or any others because they would still be on their previous clubs roster.
  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    No team in the NFL has the depth to overcome the injuries that Dallas had this season.

    How do you replace 5 guys right in the middle of your D (Rat, Brent, Lee, Carter, Church)? You simply don't. Guys like Sims and Schaeffering I guess held their own, but when you lose that many starters, you're in a lot of trouble.

    This Dez injury is really concerning. Hopefully its nothing that is going to require surgery...back problems can be dangerous.
  7. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    To suggest any team in the NFL has the depth to over come the list of injuries the Cowboys faced on defense is simply being obtuse.
  8. RXP

    RXP Well-Known Member

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    I work with a 49ers fan here and when I started listing the guys the 49ers would have to live without the way the Cowboys did on defense (I started with Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman), then I added their top 3 receivers, even he admitted their team wouldn't be able to play.

    No team could have suceeded with the amount of injuries the Cowboys had at key positions.
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Heck, do that to the Niners on defense and they probably don't win six games.

    You'd be talking about Bowman, Willis, Sopoaga, Jean-Francois, and Donte Whitner.

    No way they are overcoming all those losses.
  10. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    While it's true the injuries were excessive and would kill any team's season, we were not good enough when fully healthy. Still weak in the trenches. Still can't run the ball. Opposing QBs still too comfortable. It was still all on our QB to play Superman every week.
  11. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Hate these types of arguments. Don't like even referring to the injuries, and I don't like justifying losing a very, very winnable game.

    We lost this game for the same reason we lose a lot of big games against good teams. We turned the ball over and we didn't take it away. It's not too hard to figure it out.
  12. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    The reason why we turned the ball over and the Redskins didn't is because they had an ultra productive running game whereas our QB feels like it's all on his shoulders to make a play.

    We lost this game for the same reason we've lost most of them during the Romo era. We lost the line of scrimmage.
  13. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Not much of a consolation to claim it did not matter since we could or would have lost in the 1st rd. Cowboys needed to win and they didn't that is disappointing.
  14. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Having Ratliff, Brent, Ware, Coleman, Lee, Carter, and even Church who is a solid tackler on the field wouldn't have helped against Washington?

    I don't necessarily disagree that we lose in the trenches, but its impossible to say that the Skins would have had the same success if the Cowboys weren't missing 5 starters in their front 7.
  15. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    I highly doubt it. Ware and Spencer were clearly trying to over compensate for the guys in the middle not getting it done and the Skins made them pay for it. If Ratliff, Lee and Carter are there, I seriously doubt Ware is going to keep biting down over and over like he did.
  16. iceberg

    iceberg it's business, this emotional game Zone Supporter

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    I am now stupider for reading this.
  17. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton it was the grave marked unknown right beside

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    What? You didn't realise every team in the league has probowlers as backups apart from Dallas?

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