For Cowboys fans, this is one of the busiest times of the year. Players are being cut and injury news has gone from slight set back to legitimate concern. In all honesty, we’re getting excited about the upcoming season.
So instead of trying to feed you individual articles about specific topics for the rest of the week I’m going to try my best keep you updated through periodical posts.
Here we go…
Miles Austin Eyes Giants
A healthy Miles Austin seems to be as rare as finding a real-life sasquatch. Ever since emerging for the Cowboys as a legitimate receiver he has faced injury on top of injury.
That was the case again this offseason.
Austin has been battling a hamstring injury this offseason. He most likely hasn’t played on it because he just doesn’t want to push it. Austin has a history of hamstring injuries and it’s best to play it safe.
Despite injury, good news came out today. According to DallasCowboys.com staff writer Nick Eatman, Miles Austin said he has no doubts that he will play in the opener against rival and defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
This is good news because Tony Romo has watched his weapon list dwindle as of late and could use all the help he can get. This bodes well for the possibility of victory against New York. Miles, when healthy, is still an extremely dangerous receiver in this league.
- Jay Ratliff is on crutches after suffering a high ankle sprain against the St. Louis Rams. Ratliff looked great in the game and seemed like he was already in mid-season form. The severity of the injury still remains unknown but we promise to keep you updated.
- According to Tom Orsborn of MySanantonio.com, Jason Witten has begun rehab work at Valley Ranch. Witten was set to see doctors today and is still questionable for Week 1. However, I feel that he will probably be cautious with this injury.
- Center Phil Costa returned to practice today and DeMarcus Ware will return tomorrow. Both seem to be a go for the New York game. We’ll still watch this closely as it’s that delicate time where re-injury can occur. These two specific players are key for the Cowboys and their return is huge news for Cowboys fans.
- It continues to look grim for Mike Jenkins to return by Week 1. Jenkins is rehabbing a shoulder injury and had rotator cuff surgery right after the regular season last year. Jenkins will continue to see a specialist. Even if Jenkins appointments go well, it’s unlikely he’ll get enough practice reps to make it into the game against New York.
In case you missed it, here are the roster moves over the last few days:
Isaiah Greenhouse, Linebacker: Placed on IR
Charley Hughlett, Center: Cut
Kevin Kowalski, Center: Placed on PUP (ankle)
Caleb McSurdy, Linebacker: Cut
Donavon Kemp, Wide Receiver: Cut
C.J. Wilson, Cornerback: Cut
Javarris Williams, Running Back: Cut
Raymond Radway, Wide Receiver: Cut
Tyrone Novlkoff, Tackle: Cut
David Little, Wide Receiver: Cut
Harry Flaherty, Tight End: Cut
Delbert Alvarado, Punter: Cut
Levy Adcock, Tackle: Cut
No real surprises here. The two I thought would have made it further were Radway and Adcock. If you remember, Radway had a great preseason last year that ended abruptly after an injury.
Levy Adcock has good potential. On my draft board I had him with a second to third-round grade. It’s unfortunate to see him go.
- The Cowboys are doing the right thing by Dez Bryant. The kid obviously wants to make an effort at getting better off the field. The arrangements may seem strict but that’s exactly what Bryant needs. I think this will go a long way to earning Dez that big contract he’ll be looking for in the future.
- Felix Jones has been unimpressive this preseason. He is a solid runner and has explosive potential. However, he isn’t effective as a return man and is plain awful at picking up the blitz. I know Jerry Jones vouches for him, but does that mean anything anymore?
- The Washington Redskins cut Chris Cooley in a pretty obvious move (h/t Washington Post). There are fans out there who would like to see him in Dallas but they shouldn't get their hopes up. Cooley has openly dissed the Cowboys and Tony Romo and there isn’t a good relationship there.
- If it were up to me, I’d keep rookie wide receiver Danny Coale. Coale has been injured lately but he was taken with a fifth-round pick. Coale can be valuable in other aspects of the game and has the size and ability to become a solid outside receiver.