The good news is the Dallas Cowboys defense is coming off its first game with a defensive score on the season, in fact they got two. The bad news is they lost their third defensive starter for the year.
Defensive end Kenyon Coleman tore his left triceps in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday and will undergo season ending surgery. With his contract running out at the end of the year, the 33-year old Coleman may have played his last game in the NFL. He’s started seven games for the Cowboys this year and has 15 tackles.
While it might not be one of the biggest names on the Cowboys, Coleman has been solid for the Dallas defense, particularly as a run stuffer. Coleman overcame odds just to make the Cowboys roster this season; he was on the roster bubble coming out of training camp.
Dallas will fill Coleman’s spot with veteran Marcus Spears and rookie Tyrone Crawford. Seeing more of Crawford is about the only positive in the wake on a season ending injury but I am very excited to see Crawford in an expanded role.
The Cowboys are also hoping to get Sean Lissemore back from a high ankle sprain soon and calling up a player like Ben Bass from the practice squad is also an option. The injury doesn’t crush the Cowboys hopes of contending for a playoff spot but it does leave the defensive line a little thin.
It’s never good to lose a starter to injury but the Cowboys will need to find ways to replace Coleman’s production. They’ve done it with Barry Church and Sean Lee, let’s hope they can do the same with Coleman.
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