Some injuries are minor, and are expected after a grueling training camp, complete with two-a-day practices. The Skins also played the most preseason games (five) and are feeling the bite of the injury bug in a big way, as they enter their bye week.
I had the pleasure of listening to Chris Cooley on local DC talk radio show “Elliott in the Morning” on Tuesday reveal about how his body is “dead all over” after each game. And he hasn’t been listed as injured once this season. So imagine my displeasure upon noting that several of the Cowboys stars are set to return for the November 16th contest against the Skins.
At 6-3 they are in second place in the NFC East, but confidence in their ability to put a competitive team on the field for the remainder of the season has to be, at the very least, shaken. Here’s a rundown of the ailing A-players that must get healthy, to keep their postseason chances alive.
CB, Shawn Springs
Springs has missed four of the past five games with a strained calf. He has promised he would be ready for the Dallas game. If he doesn’t go then Coach Zorn again would have to put a second stringer on Terrible Terrell Owens.
DE, Jason Taylor
Tayor, who missed the first meeting against Dallas, is less sure to be ready for the rematch, due to the lingering effects of a calf thrombosis.
He has had to undergo two surgeries to drain blood that wouldn’t stop pooling inside his leg, causing extreme pain. Doctors were concerned his life was in danger after the initial diagnosis.
He’s missed three out of the past six games and rest has been prescribed as the best medicine for this type of problem. Defcon status: 4
WR, Santana Moss
Moss, The 'Skins leading WR, admirably gave it a go this week, despite nursing a sore hamstring. He had to leave the Steelers game when it tightened up on him. Moss is expected to play against Dallas.
LT, Chris Samuels
Samuels, thankfully, didn’t report more damage to the sprained right knee he suffered in Week Eight against the Cleveland Browns. He was a surprise inactive entry for the Detroit Lions games, which ended his five-year consecutive starts streak.
And the news isn’t getting better for the worn out wahoos.
Add two more key players for the depth of their defensive line to the injury list. Reserve tackle, Anthony Montgomery, strained his Achilles tendon, and was at Redskins Park wearing a walking boot.
Lorenzo Alexander who already had a bad toe, sprained a shoulder. Despite these massive concerns, Jim Zorn had reassured the media that yes, with the exception of draft pick dud (so far) WR Malcolm Kelly and backup running back Ladell Betts, all of the players I’ve mentioned will play.
And what about those Cowboys that are on the mend? QB Tony Romo, top CB Terence Newman, and rookie speedster, RB Felix Jones are all slated to return from their injuries.
In a cruel twist of scheduling fate, them 'Cowgirls' also have their bye week.
So there it is folks. The burgundy and gold fans are finding it increasing hard to cheer without hesitation. But Jim Zorn has taken a ragtag mix of veterans and young guns to a 6-3 record when many in the media world picked them to be last in their division.
I still want to have faith in this year’s team. Jason Campbell’s maturation process finally has begun to produce results, good enough to make him a mid-season MVP candidate in the NFC. (In my dubious opinion)
In the second half of the season what I want to see from the Redskins is heart. No excuses for anything that happens on the field. Win or lose together.
Here’s hoping the aches and pains of football don’t ruin the Redskins, and they put a pounding on down, but certainly not out Dallas.
Hail lady of victory! Pray for us!