Today, when I saw that Dallas Cowboys Safety Gerald Sensabaugh had minor knee surgery, I had a good reaction. Not that I am wishing an injury on anyone but word is that Sensabaugh will probably miss a short period of time to start training camp but should be just fine. My reaction was more positive because as a result of Sensabaugh missing some time, the Cowboys will now get a better look at two players, Barry Church and rookie Matt Johnson.
If you read me regularly, and you should, you know that I like Church a lot and feel that he’s in line to make a real run at a starting safety spot. Getting more reps to start training camp will only help the developments of Barry Church.
The bigger positive to me is that this injury gives rookie Matt Johnson a chance to get more repetitions too. The Cowboys have liked Johnson for a long time; they scouted and then targeted him in the NFL draft so it’s safe to say they will give him a long look. Safety is one of the more difficult positions to transition to coming from college to the NFL and Johnson could use all the reps he can get. Don’t forget Johnson was not around much during the Cowboys off-season program because he had to finish school, so he is still behind the learning curve.
This injury also gives the Cowboys a chance to get a better look at Brodney Pool, who they signed in free agency. Pool knows Rob Ryan’s system which is a positive because he can help the other safeties learn while Sensabaugh is away. And let’s not be fooled, Pool is no lock to make the Cowboys roster and seeing as much as they can of Pool early in training camp may allow the Cowboys to see if they need to keep him around or if they can feel comfortable with Church, Johnson or even Danny McCray.
None of this means the Cowboys won’t miss Sensabaugh but there appears to be nothing worth worrying about. He’s a veteran player who the Cowboys will count on once the season starts so getting him completely healthy for the season is the most important thing.
While no one likes to see any type of injury, the Cowboys do have the silver lining of getting to evaluate some of the younger safeties on the roster. And any silver lining when it comes to injuries is a good thing. So they got that going for them, which is nice.