It has been reported by ESPN.com that rookie LB Brandon Williams will miss the 2009 season after suffering a torn ACL during the victory over the Titans Friday night. The injury occurred during a punt return. Williams joins fellow rookie draft pick Robert Brewster who tore a pectoral muscle a few weeks back and will also miss the 2009 season.
Coach Phillips on Brandon Williams…
“This kid had a chance to play some plays,” said coach Wade Phillips during his news conference Saturday. “I guess he’ll just have to do it next year.”
In other news Saturday it was reported by DallasNews.com that Wade Phillips has decided not to put Felix Jones in to return punts this season. This is due to the fact Jones is not comfortable doing it and the coaches are also not comfortable with him doing it. Jones has struggled to judge and catch punts. Patrick Crayton will most likely be the Cowboys punt returner for 2009.
“I just don’t know if he is going to be ready to return punts this year,” Wade Phillips said. “I don’t know if he has the confidence or we have the confidence yet that he can be clean with the football every time.”
Tony Romo threw in the direction of Roy Williams seven times during the first half of the Titans game Friday night. Williams ended up catching five of those passes for 36 yards. Look for this connection to improve as each game passes. I don’t believe we need Williams to stretch the field. He needs to use his big frame on cornerbacks and be physical. Make the big reception over the middle and move the chains.
“He missed me a couple of times, but I’m not going to complain about that,” Williams said. “We’re still a work in progress. He’s still getting to know me, and I’m still getting to know him.”
“With a route tonight on third down, I felt like we needed to be on the same page,” Romo said. “If we do, it’ll help. Those are drives we can’t get back. I think guys are taking the right approach, though. We’ll be fine.”