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Injuries Will Make Things Interesting

Tomorrow the Cowboys face Redskins in Dallas for their first matchup of the season. The Skins will be missing some big names in their lineup including Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis. While the Cowboys will be without starters Ken Hamlin and Marc Colombo.

Washington may be banged up and they may only have a record of 3-6 but you can’t count this as a win just yet, as we’ve learned already this season.

The Cowboys have to hope that Doug Free is ready to fill in for Marc Colombo, otherwise the Cowboys offense could suffer severely. Alan Ball will be starting in Ken Hamlin’s place at free safety.

As always expect a great game between one of the biggest rivalries in football at “The House That Jerry Built” tomorrow at noon (central time).

Cowboys Injuries for Week 11
Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Marc Colombo T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Ken Hamlin S Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Allen Rossum CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Marion Barber RB Thumb Full Participation in Practice Probable
David Buehler K right Toe Full Participation in Practice Probable
Mike Jenkins CB Elbow Full Participation in Practice Probable
Gerald Sensabaugh S Thumb Full Participation in Practice Probable
DeMarcus Ware LB Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
Redskins Injuries for Week 11
Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Chris Cooley TE Ankle Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Clinton Portis RB Concussion Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Eddie Williams RB Ankle Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Albert Haynesworth DT Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Mike Williams T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Stephon Heyer T Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Ladell Betts RB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Injury Report from NFL.com

Latest Injury Report

I was reading the latest coming out of Dallas Cowboys General Hospital. Here is what is being reported by DallasNews.com

Robert Brewster

Rookie offensive tackle Robert Brewster is now officially out for the 2009 season. He was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Brewster had been on the active/PUP list for the first part of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle.

Marion Barber

Barber only had one carry after the first quarter against the Packers because his fractured thumb was giving him problems in pass protection. I can understand trying to pick up the blitz. But it was also reported that the thumb did not bother Barber when running with it. I think Jason Garrett gave up too early on the running game, which allowed the Packers to come after Tony Romo.

Ken Hamlin

Hamlin is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a high right ankle sprain. It is undecided right now if his replacement will be Patrick Watkins or Alan Ball, but it looks as though Ball will get the first shot at safety.

Mike Jenkins

Jenkins has a bruised left biceps, which had a lot of swelling today from what Wade Phillips said. The good news is that Jenkins is not expected to miss any games.

Flozell Adams and Kyle Kosier

Both are suffering from ankle sprains, but are not expected to miss any games.

Marc Colombo

Colombo had surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his right ankle, which will take about six weeks to heal. The fibula fracture will heal on it’s own. I’ve heard that Colombo wants to play again this season if the Cowboys make a serious playoff run. But I’ve also heard that Jerry Jones said Colombo is done for the season. Whatever the case is, Colombo’s replacement will be Doug Free. Leonard Davis said he will work with Free this week on communication on the line.

Dallas Injury Report: Columbo Not Looking Good

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Not only did the Cowboys lose to the Packers this past Sunday, but they lost some players as well.

Starting right tackle, Marc Columbo, is most likely out for the season with a broken fibula on his left leg after severe contact with a Packer defender.

Columbo, up to that point, had not missed a start for the Cowboys and really was playing great. Last year, Dr. Z, the well-respected Sports Illustrated writer put Marc Columbo on his All-Pro team.

Columbo was recently signed to a long extension and he is obviously very upset with the setback.

After Columbo was lost, Dallas proceeded to allow a season high five sacks. Columbo was more than the right tackle, but also the emotional leader with a voice of a sailor. I listened to Marc Columbo on tape and he had a mouth nastier than rotten anchovy paste.

Columbo came to the Cowboys from the Bears after knee injuries shortened his time there. However, he came in 2006 and he earned his starting job in training camp and he did not stop starting till now.

Tackle Doug Free came in to replace Columbo, and hopefully he will start gelling with the remaining four lineman so that they can get back to the dominant form they had at the beginning of the year.

Now, when you break a bone in the leg that means your out for the season typically, but Wade Phillips has said that Columbo may have a shot at coming back, so he may not be placed on injured reserve.

Injured reserve is a list of players that the team makes up. These players are severely injured, most likely out for the season. The action of putting players on injured reserve means that the player cannot play this season. Even if he should get healthy enough later on during the year to play, he cannot play.

Injured reserve is separate from the 53 man roster. It was made that way in case a team had a ’series of unfortunate events’ and the team needs to continually have enough men to play for the team.

By putting Columbo on injured reserve, the team will have an extra roster spot so they can pick up another player, but on the condition that Columbo cannot play at all for the rest of the regular season or postseason as well.

I, however, don’t see Columbo avoiding injured reserve though. We are going into week 11 now and it could take four to five weeks minimum for Columbo to recover. Then, he’s got to be careful coming back from the injury or he could injure it again.

This was the worst thing that could have happened. Dallas has great backups at every position except offensive line and Jerry Jones was concerned about that from the start.

Dallas had originally drafted Robert Brewster from Ball State in the third round of the 2009 draft, but he tore a pectoral muscle before training camp, and he’s out too.

Last year, the loss of Kyle Kosier damaged the Cowboys season to an extent that made me believe that it affected the outcome of several games.

Now we lose another lineman?

This Cowboys team may still be in first place, but now they have to win games without a Pro Bowl caliber right tackle. It is a challenge to say the least.

Mike Jenkins and Ken Hamlin were also banged up in the process, but according to Jenkins and the Cowboys, they should not be missing any significant time.

This was a big loss for the Cowboys. A great player and a game that could have extended the division lead to 7-2.

Come on Cowboys, we know you guys can pull this together!

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Cowboys Extra Points: Injuries Are Contagious

Gerald Sensabaugh is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair his broken thumb. Sensabaugh will likely miss 2-4 weeks. Pat Watkins will be called upon to fill in at safety.

Center Andre Gurode underwent an MRI Monday after spraining his right knee during the game last Sunday. According several sources the sprain isn’t anything to be concerned about, however the Cowboys could rest Gurode this Sunday with a bye to follow.

Roy Williams could miss Sunday’s game after a rib injury that sidelined him for the final drive of the game.

“Never in my life have I been hit like that, from Pop Warner through my six years in the league. I’m 5,200 feet above sea level with asthma so I was obviously hurting.”

Coach Phillips said during a press conference that Williams suffered three bruised ribs and cartilage damage. If Williams sits out, the Cowboys could activate rookie Kevin Ogletree, who turned heads in his very impressive preseason performance.

The Cowboys cut running back Chauncey Washington on Monday. While it hasn’t been formally announced most sources believe Felix Jones will not play in Week 5. Marion Barber should be okay to play after experiencing tightness in his previously injured quad.

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I don’t think I have to remind you how deadly injuries are to a team, especially one that needs to toughen up and fix mistakes all over the board. Let’s hope these key players can heal fast, and get back in action ASAP. Luckily the Cowboys have a bye week following this next game against the Kansas City Chiefs to rest, heal and get their minds straight and get focused.