I’m beginning to sound like a broken record here but the Dallas Cowboys injury situation gets worse every time you look. This week is a little different because it’s a short turnaround for the Cowboys so the news isn’t likely to be good. The Cowboys will likely be without Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Ogletree and Ryan Cook but along comes another name Cowboys fans don’t need to see, Jay Ratliff.
Ratliff hasn’t practiced all week with an injured groin and when defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was asked about Ratliff playing, he didn’t sound overly optimistic. “I’m not sure Ratliff’s going to play,” Ryan said, “but we’ll see.”
“We’ll see” is not exactly a ringing endorsement, nor is what DeMarcus Ware had to say about Ratliff’s playing status, saying he will “probably play sparingly.”
All signs seem to be pointing to Ratliff not playing and even if he does his impact would be limited. Josh Brent would start for Ratliff if he’s unable to go. Brent played well filling in for Ratliff earlier this season and I wouldn’t see any reason he couldn’t do so once again but it’s the Cowboys depth that is the issue now. Without starters Kenyon Coleman and Ratliff, the defensive line is getting thin. Marcus Spears, Tyrone Crawford and Ben Bass are the likely candidates to rotate between the two line spots to keep everyone fresh. Sean Lissemore is getting closer but he won’t be available tomorrow either.
The defense will probably be chasing Robert Griffin III all over the field so keeping players fresh would be a tremendous help. So would the Cowboys offense being able to run the ball and keeping the defense off the field.
Dallas needs to get players healthy but it looks like this won’t be the week for that to happen.
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