The Dallas Cowboys suffered another training camp injury blow yesterday when rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams left practice with a possible concussion.
This adds to a host of injuries the Cowboys have had during camp, and goes along with Dez Bryant‘s hip soreness that forced him out of a couple days of practice earlier in the week. Though Bryant is back on the practice field, he may not play tomorrow in order to get additional rest.
Back to Williams’ injury though. Given that he is pegged as the potential third receiver for this team, him being sidelined opens the door for Dwayne Harris, who last year performed admirably as the Cowboys’ third receiver. Tomorrow night in the NFL‘s annual Hall of Fame Game, Harris could be the number three wide out, which would allow him to get a leg up on the third receiver spot that both he and Williams will be going after in camp.
Last year, Harris put in a solid season. He had 17 catches for 222 yards and only one touchdown, but made his mark on special teams as a viable return threat. He accumulated 875 total return yards on both kickoffs and punts and averaged 15.6 yards per return. His lone touchdown was a big one. It was a 78 yard punt return against Philadelphia on the road, a game that the Cowboys needed to win to salvage their season, improving to 4-5 rather than drop to 3-6.
Harris has tremendous speed that suits the slot position very well, but what he lacks that Williams has is size. Harris is 5’10”, Williams is 6’2” and has pure pass catching ability.
Williams’ injury does give Harris an opportunity that he would not have had before, which is extended playing time in the preseason. Tony Romo won’t play tomorrow, so Kyle Orton will be throwing the passes, but Harris has the chance to make a further impression on the coaches tomorrow night.
The opportunity is there, we’ll have to see if he seizes the moment or not.