The Dallas Cowboys seem to be the most injury-prone team in the NFL this season. During the Cowboys’ 20-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, running back Felix Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and starting rookie left guard Bill Nagy’s ankle was broken. The Cowboys’ now must find a capable replacement for Nagy with 11 games remaining this season.
Cowboys rookie center Kevin Kowalski replaced Nagy against New England with veteran backup left guard Derrick Dockery out with a sprained MCL. Rookie David Arkin could also see time in Nagy’s absence.
Nagy’s injury is a huge blow to Dallas’ offensive line, but it will give Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett an opportunity to evaluate his two rookies Kowalski and Arkin. The undrafted Kowalski played well during the preseason at center while fourth-round draft pick Arkin didn’t see much action due to Nagy’s emergence.
Dockery was ineffective during his only start this season, a 27-24 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. It will be interesting to see Kowalski play left guard if he’s given the chance. Arkin must also be given time, though, since Kowalski is the backup center and starter Phil Costa has fought through minor injuries all season.
It’s not set in stone that Nagy will be placed on Injured Reserve, but the Cowboys are pretty sure he won’t be back in 2011.