It was a rough second half for the Dallas Cowboys in Seattle. Besides losing the game, they lost starting safety Barry Church to a quadriceps bruise in the first half and he never returned; then Gerald Sensabaugh left the game with a calf strain in the 4th quarter. Those injuries left the Cowboys with backups Danny McCray and Mana Silva as the only safeties left to play.
That may change this week with reports out of Dallas that cornerback Mike Jenkins may get some snaps at safety this week. The idea seems precautionary but necessary since Sensabaugh is unlikely to play and with Church being injured the team is unsure how much he’ll be able to go. The Cowboys will need all hands on deck at the position with the inexperience of McCray and Silva so the Cowboys seem to be preparing for every scenario possible.
Of course the team wouldn’t have to take such measures if rookie safety Matt Johnson was healthy and not trying to recover from hamstring issues that have plagued him ever since training camp. For now the Cowboys will be trying to piece together the safety position against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and possibly the week after against the Chicago Bears. That will take the Cowboys into bye week and they should be able to get Sensabaugh fully healthy again after the bye.
So don’t be surprised if you see Jenkins getting some playing time at safety this week. Even if you don’t, expect to see him play more than the 8 snaps he played last week in Seattle.
Either way, the Cowboys never ending search for safeties continues.
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