The Cowboys dodged a major bullet yesterday with the Marc Colombo injury. He is out 2-4 weeks and will have to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. But it could have been much worse. Colombo got his knee rolled up on during team drills in practice and had to be carted off the field. For a short time it appeared he might be out long term. I don't think there is anyone on the roster behind Colombo that we want to count on long term at right tackle.
And in the same practice there was a scare with Jason Witten. He also had his legs rolled into during team drills and stayed down for a few seconds. Luckily he was ok, but it just shows how quickly things can go wrong during the preseason.
I find myself watching the preseason games and just hoping no one gets hurt. When Romo decides to run the preseason I shout "Get Down!" or "Slide!" every time he runs. My worst fear is that he will be injured before the season even really gets started. I feel like a worrywart during the games but we all know what would happen to the season if Romo went down with a serious injury.
Sure, it is fun to watch when the offense is clicking and the defense is shutting down the opposition. But in the end we all know the final score doesn't mean anything in the preseason anyway. I'm just relieved when the starters get off the field without a major injury.
Practice injuries are going to happen but we have to hope that the severity of the injuries continues to be minor. Dez Bryant was hurt pretty badly but if he is back for the season opener then I think the Cowboys will feel pretty lucky about his injury.
For the most part the Cowboys have been pretty fortunate with injuries. There have been a lot of players injured but nearly all of them are short term injuries. If the worst injury that happens this preseason is John Phillips I'll consider the Cowboys lucky. But there are several weeks to go before we can breathe easy heading into the season with the starting players on both sides of the ball healthy. I'll continue to cross my fingers, knock on wood and perform any other superstitious ritual I can think of until the start of the regular season arrives.