Last season, the Dallas Cowboys‘ defensive back Barry Church had his season end abruptly when he tore his right Achilles tendon during last year’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fast-forward about a year and a month later, Church is not only back playing for the Cowboys’ but playing at a high level.
Let the church say amen.
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf to the heel bone and has proven to be one of the most mysterious injuries in sports because of its unpredictability and seemingly random timing. Several high-profile athletes across all sports have torn their Achilles tendon. Athletes on the list include the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, soccer star David Beckham tore his Achilles in 2010, Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant tore his last April and the latest athlete to be added to this list is the Cincinnati Bengals‘ Leon Hall who was just recently put on injured reserve.
The former Toledo Rocket has 47 total tackles on the year along with two forced fumbles. Church’s have long been searching for a suitable replacement ever since the release of hard-hitting Roy Williams over four seasons ago. He’s moving faster and even better than before the injury. The Dallas secondary that is 30th in passing yards, giving up almost 292 yards per game along with being near the bottom in total yards as well. Church and the rest of the secondary are going to need to continue to pick up their play if the Cowboys are going to make a long postseason run. First up for Church and the rest of the defensive backs is trying to find a way to try to continue the Detroit Lions all-pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Brandon Carr will draw the initial task of trying to cover Megatron, however, one player alone will not be enough. Church and the rest of the defensive backs will need to work as a unit in order to slow him down.