Saturday, July 31, 2010

Down Goes Dez

I knew it was going to happen at some point. A major injury finally hit the Dallas Cowboys. It happens to every team in basically every training camp every year. But this one hurts.

Dez Bryant had been on fire during the first week of camp. So much so that some media members were very prematurely talking about running Roy Williams out of town. And I'll bet Patrick Crayton was thinking that dropping to 4th on the depth chart was exactly what he had expected.

But one play changed all that. Dez is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained ankle. Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams suddenly don't seem expendable. And we are all reminded why you can never have too much depth at a position on an NFL roster.

The silver lining in all of this is easy to spot. Sure, 4-6 weeks is a long time. But it could have been much worse. Last year it seemed that every rookie that went down injured was out for the season. So far this season Dez Bryant sprained and ankle and Sean Lee strained a quad. There are some other small things to deal with, but the Cowboys are still pretty lucky on the injury front.

The sad part about the Dez injury is all of the practice time he is going to miss with Tony Romo and the rest of the offense. He is going to be playing catch up all year long now because he is missing the most important 4-6 weeks of the season in terms of preparation for the season. Hopefully he is a fast healer and he'll be back on the field sooner than later.


  1. I'm going to see the Cowboys practice this really sucks. It sucks even more that he'll miss so much time, but maybe he'll be back in time to play the final 2 preseason game. If not, hopefully he can play in the opener.

  2. Its better than him doing this in November, and missing the playoffs / SuperBowl.

  3. I agree that it is better for Dez to have this problem now versus late season. But we still have to cross that bridge when we come to it. Hopefully this will be the last time Dez misses any practice or games this year.