After an amazing start to what looked like a Pro Bowl type season, Anthony Henry has suffered a setback. I know an ankle sprain may not seem like a significant injury on the surface, but there are two types of ankle sprains, and the high ankle sprain that Henry suffered is more severe than the other.
Anthony Henry was the team’s best defensive player after the first three games of the season. Ironically he was only playing because starting CB Terrence Newman was still a little banged up and could not play. Henry took that opportunity to take the ball and literally run with it. It was his coming out party and Cowboys fans everywhere were absolutely thrilled about their new-found star!
Now that the Cowboy’s medical staff have had a couple of days to analyze the results of the x-rays, the team is saying that Henry could miss as much as 4 weeks. Considering that the Cowboys have a bye in week 8, Henry should be ready to play against the Philadelphia Eagles in week nine.
In other news, how about the season debut of Greg Ellis. After finally getting the contract extension he was begging for, he was able to keep his mouth shut, take the field, and deliver an impressive performance against the St. Louis Rams. Even though I’m still mad at the way Ellis chose to handle his contract negotiations by putting down the team and using the press as his pulpit, I am willing to bury the hatchet and move on. Ellis was in on 15 snaps and finished the game with 1 1/2 sacks.
I expect Ellis to get even better as the season rolls along and that can only mean great news for our defense which still seems to struggle at times. So far our offense has surely made some noise with some impressive gains made in our passing and rushing game.
However, in the long run it’s the defense that will carry this team once they start facing some stiffer competition. I expect our defense to get better as they get healthier, and by season’s end, the Cowboys will have one of the premier defenses in the NFL.