As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals this week, a name has popped up on the injury report that is not going to thrill Cowboys fans. Guard Nate Livings sat out practice today with a lingering knee issue.
Lost in all the Adam Jones, Terence Newman and Mike Zimmer talk about facing their former team this week, it may have slipped our minds that Nate Livings could also be playing against his former team. Livings spent his entire career with the Bengals before signing with the Cowboys last off-season.
It may not look like a big name but Livings has played well this year and there are plenty of people who think Livings has been the Cowboys most consistent offensive lineman. If Livings isn’t able to play it will be another shuffle on the Cowboys offensive line. Derrick Dockery would start in his place at left guard and it would be the fourth different starting lineup for the Cowboys along the line in as many weeks.
This is not good news as the Cowboys prepare to play a Bengals team who ranks eight in the NFL in defense and have as good a front four as any defense in the league. Missing Livings would be a major blow to the Cowboys ability to get them blocked and keeping them off of Tony Romo.
In other injury related news, DeMarco Murray was able to practice today while Jay Ratliff missed his second straight day of work. It was reported that Ratliff practiced yesterday but was retracted by the team.
Hopefully the injury to Livings isn’t serious and he’ll be able to play on Sunday. If he can’t go, the Cowboys chances to win a big game may get smaller.
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