There’s a lot to be excited about when talking about the 2013 Dallas Cowboys.
There are new offensive and defensive schemes being implemented; there are new players and rookies to be excited about; the team is healthy; well they were, prior to training camp, before the injury bug picked up where it left off in 2012.
Now, I know that injuries are going to happen; they’re as much a part of the game as the shoulder pads and helmets. I also know that, at one point, every team will deal with injury; it’s inevitable.
For the Cowboys, however, injury seems to be a recurring issue that’s been lingering since 2012, and now those injuries are rearing their ugly head once again in 2013, but as Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington would say, “that’s the way football go.”
So, when I ask you, “what is the biggest question that the Cowboys must answer during training camp?” Your answer should be pretty simple, “can they stay healthy?” From what I can tell, the answer to your question is, no. The Cowboys cannot stay healthy or at least they haven’t, yet.
The Cowboys kicked off training camp without starting guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, backup guard Ronald Leary and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. It didn’t get any better for the Cowboys when on the first day of camp, they lost backup defensive end Tyrone Crawford to a season-ending Achilles tear and starting defensive end Anthony Spencer, for at least a month, following knee surgery to repair a bone bruise.
Since then they have had injuries to other players, most recently guys like tight end James Hanna, offensive tackle Jermey Parnell and defensive tackle Ben Bass.
For the Cowboys to have a successful training camp and season in 2013, they must find a way to crush that injury bug and establish that they can stay healthy.