Dallas Cowboys’ Depth Tested by Injury, Again

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The Dallas Cowboys have learned to overcome many obstacles this season.

They’ve overcome early game deficits, injuries and tragedy en route to a showdown with the Washington Redskins for the NFC East title and a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.  In their quest to become a better team, the Cowboys have been resilient under the guidance of head coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

While we’re on the subject of injuries, it was revealed that outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has been battling a hyperextended elbow and a shoulder injury and isn’t anywhere near 100 percent. Given what we now know about Ware’s injuries, is it feasible to think the Cowboys can absorb yet another injury on defense?

All season it’s been “next man up,” but can the Cowboys really lose their biggest pass rush threat and still contend?  I’d like to think they can, but Victor Butler‘s regression this season coupled with very little, to no productivity from fourth rounder Kyle Wilber has me thinking otherwise.

For what it’s worth, I still think that a less than 100 percent Ware could be more effective than a completely healthy Butler or Wilber, but I could be wrong.  Maybe those guys need playing time, maybe the next good pass rusher is already on the roster awaiting his turn or maybe the Cowboys will have to address that in free agency or the draft once again.

Bottom line, the Cowboys will have to rely on that resiliency when they face the Redskins.  It won’t be easy, but I, like the rest of Cowboys Nation, hope they can pull out a “W” and make a run in the playoffs.

 

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com  Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1


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