With the Cowboys dealing with so many injuries is it too soon to talk about the 53 man roster?

As the Cowboys move on with training camp 2012, they are preparing for their first preseason game against the Raiders next Monday night. The injury bug has hit the Cowboys hard since training camp opened to the staggering amount of 18 players. Some of the injured players are day to day while others could be out a few weeks. Since it’s so early in training camp there is no need to panic at this point. Hopefully these players can recover quickly and get back out on the field.

As of right now here are the Cowboys injured players per the Dallas Morning News.

CB; Mike Jenkins; Shoulder; Placed on PUP list

G/C; Kevin Kowalski; Ankle; Placed on PUP list

S; Matt Johnson; Hamstring; Day-to-day

NT; Jay Ratliff; Foot; Out indefinitely

OLB; Anthony Spencer; Hamstring; Day-to-day

G; Nate Livings; Hamstring; Out indefinitely

DE; Jason Hatcher; Groin; Day-to-day

RB; Lance Dunbar; Hamstring; Day-to-day

DE; Marcus Spears; Concussion; Day-to-day

TE; John Phillips; Ankle; Day-to-day

CB; Morris Claiborne; Knee; About one week

WR; Saalim Hakim; Finger; One to two weeks

RB; Phillip Tanner; Hand; Out indefinitely

CB; Teddy Williams; Concussion; Day-to-day

WR; Miles Austin; Hamstring; About one week

G/C; Bill Nagy; Ankle; Out at least two weeks

G; Mackenzy Bernadeau; Hip, Knee; Out indefinitely

WR; Danny Coale; Foot; Expected to return this week

With so many injuries it gives other players a chance to show their stuff to the coaching staff in hopes of making the team. I was able to watch the entire Blue-White scrimmage from Sunday, even though it was hard to see some of the plays due to bad camera angles. I saw some good things from certain players like Rudy Carpenter, Ronald Leary, Orie Lemon and Mario Butler.

The Cowboys released safety Brodney Pool on Monday, which means that Barry Church has done enough for the coaching staff to think he can be a quality starting safety for them. It also didn’t help that Pool came into camp and failed his conditioning test. It was also reported last night that Mike Jenkins was not cleared to practice by Dr. James Andrews who performed his surgery. Depending on how things go the rest of the month, Jenkins could end up missing the first six games of the season.

Looking over the current Cowboys roster I tried to do what I do every year and pick the final 53 players. Keep in mind that I’m never right and I just do it for fun. Jenkins injury will play a big part in the selection of backup cornerbacks. Also, out of every position I think the wide receivers are the hardest to select outside of Austin and Bryant. Like last year I don’t believe the Cowboys third receiver is currently on the roster.

The X denotes the starters.


1.      Tony Romo, X

2.      Kyle Orton

3.      Rudy Carpenter

Running Backs

1.      DeMarco Murray, X

2.      Felix Jones

3.      Phillip Tanner


1.       Lawrence Vickers. X

Tight Ends

1.       Jason Witten, X

2.      John Phillips

3.      James Hanna

Wide Receivers

1.       Miles Austin, X

2.      Dez Bryant, X

3.      Kevin Olgetree

4.      Raymond Radway

5.      Cole Beasley


1.       Ronald Leary, X

2.      Nate Livings, X

3.      Bill Nagy

4.      Derrick Dockery


1.       Tyron Smith, X

2.      Doug Free, X

3.      Jermey Parnell

4.      Pat McQuistan


1.       Makenzy Bernadeau, X

2.      Phil Costa

Defensive Ends

1.       Jason Hatcher, X

2.      Sean Lissemore, X

3.      Tyrone Crawford

4.      Marcus Spears

5.      Clifton Geathers

Defensive Tackles

1.       Jay Ratliff, X

2.      Josh Brent

Outside Linebackers

1.       DeMarcus Ware, X

2.      Anthony Spencer, X

3.      Victor Butler

4.      Kyle Wilber

5.      Alex Albright

Inside Linebackers

1.       Sean Lee, X

2.      Dan Connor, X

3.      Bruce Carter

4.      Orie Lemon


1.       Gerald Sensabaugh, X

2.      Barry Church, X

3.      Matt Johnson

4.      Danny McCray


1.       Morris Claiborne, X

2.      Brandon Carr, X

3.      Mike Jenkins

4.      Orlando Scandrick

5.      Mario Butler

Long Snapper

1.      LP LaDouceur


1.      Chris Jones


1.      Dan Bailey

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  1. Kareem
    Kareem says:

    Don’t worry about the injuries because it is too EARLY? Man, we not even into the preseason yet & we falling apart,,,what’s gonna happen when the regular season starts?!!
    Jerry Jones better hurry up & sign Plaxico Burress for the Veterans League Minimum before somebody else gets him….a perfect redzone threat to replace Laurent Robinson!


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