The Dallas Cowboys defense is going to have to absorb its third season ending injury to a starter this year.
The Cowboys placed defensive end Kenyon Coleman on season ending injured reserve after he suffered a torn Triceps muscle in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coleman leaves the team with 12 tackles and one forced fumble. Primarily a run stopper Coleman joined the Cowboys in 2011 as a free agent and is in the last year of his two-year contract.
There was speculation after the contract given to Marcus Spears and the drafting of Tyrone Crawford in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, that Coleman’s days as a Cowboy were numbered, but he persevered and won the starting job opposite Jason Hatcher.
The Cowboys intend on using Spears, a former first round pick, to replace Coleman in the starting lineup, but have also called up pre season standout and undrafted rookie free agent Ben Bass.
Prior to the start of the season the Cowboys cut Bass, but managed to get him onto the practice squad, and as of Wednesday he was promoted to the 53-man roster. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is a huge fan of guys like Bass, guys who come from seemingly nowhere to make an impact.
“We liked him from day one,” Garrett said. “He came in and showed us be belonged here in some way, shape or form. He kind of came from nowhere, certainly from obscurity and showed he deserved to be on this football team.”
I certainly hope that Bass and Crawford pan out for the Cowboys. We may be seeing a formidable tandem being built right before our eyes. Both guys will undoubtedly have to step their game up in the same manner that Bruce Carter and Danny McCray have done so in trying to replace Sean Lee and Barry Church, respectively.