Dallas Cowboys Football: Will Cornerback Depth Haunt Cowboys in 2012?

Derek GerberichCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes past cornerback Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys and linebacker Bruce Carter #54 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Recent injuries to Dallas Cowboys cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Morris Claiborne revealed a scary hole in the team's defensive backfield.

As chronicled by Nate Eatman from DallasCowboys.com, Claiborne went to have an MRI on his knee after being injured on a touchdown catch by Torrey Smith. Claiborne was flagged for pass interference on the play, but it should have been the other way around.

Jenkins also was having an MRI to look at structural damage to his shoulder—the same shoulder that he has been having problems with since January.

If both Jenkins and Claiborne were to be sidelined for an extended period of time, the Cowboys would be left with just Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr at corner. 

That's a scary proposition when one considers that the Cowboys are already playing with Danny McCray at safety (after losing Barry Church for the season).

But it's not all bad news.

Luckily, as reported by Rowan Kavner of DallasCowboys.com, the MRIs for both Claiborne and Jenkins revealed no structural damage. Both should be expected to see the field this weekend against the Carolina Panthers.

Cowboy fans, you many now exhale.

The true problem lies in the fact that these types of injuries don't just disappear overnight. Jenkins has been dealing with shoulder issues since January. Claiborne had MCL problems during the preseason.

With cornerback being such a volatile position, the lingering injuries are bound to catch up with the Cowboys at some point. Most likely, it will occur at a critical time in the season—causing the Cowboys to drop a must-win game, and thereby opening the gates for the savage media to blame the team's misfortune on Tony Romo.

But, I digress.

The bottom line is that yes, the Cowboys depth at cornerback could come back to haunt them—if they lose two of their best cornerbacks to injury. 

But couldn't we say this about nearly every team at any position?  If (insert team name here) loses two of its top players at (insert position here) then their depth at (insert position here) could come back to haunt them.

We probably could.

The point to be made is that Jerry Jones tried to prevent this exact situation from happening. When the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr during the offseason, and then moved up to draft Morris Claiborne, the media clamored for a trade of Mike Jenkins.

Jones stood by his guy, as he vehemently denied that the Cowboys had any plans of trading Jenkins. He wanted to give Rob Ryan an exceptional secondary, including depth at the corner position. Having four corners of the caliber of Carr, Claiborne, Scandrick and Jenkins surely accomplished that.

So if the Cowboys have two corners succumb to injury, will it leave them a bit depleted in the secondary? 

Well, naturally.

But could that lack of depth then be blamed on the front office? 

Certainly not.