Posted: 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
By Dave Halprin
Injuries can break a team's season. The Cowboys got a scare on Sunday night when two of its superstars briefly looked to be in trouble from the injury bug. Luckily for everyone, both players turned out to be fine. Here's a brief breakdown of some of the Cowboys injury issues.
Tony Romo - As noted yesterday, X-rays revealed no structural damage to the QB's ribs, just a bruise. Romo is in a little bit of pain, but he's played through much worse before, so this shouldn't be an issue. Expect Romo to be at 100% on Sunday.
Dez Bryant - Bryant's foot got rolled up late in the game, enough so that he was down for a few minutes. He did return for a play at the end. After getting an MRI, Bryant has a mildly sprained foot and should be good to go on Sunday, although he might be limited in practice this week.
Morris Claiborne - This injury actually has the potential to be something more. Claiborne dislocated his shoulder making a tackle. The training staff popped it back in and used a harness to stabilize it and Claiborne returned to the game. But this isn't going away right now, he'll need to continue wearing a brace that could limit his range of motion, and one more good hit on the shoulder could be a more serious problem. He'll likely play this week, but this one bears watching.
Anthony Spencer - Just like last week, we'll be watching to see if he gets any practice time, starting with tomorrow. The Cowboys claim to be "optimistic" about his chances, but for now take a wait-and-see approach. Luckily, George Selvie looks like a very competent replacement.
Lance Dunbar - He's out of the boot and says he will start practicing on Wednesday. Cowboys management is a little more cautious, but there's a chance the speedy back could get some playing time in on Sunday. His style of play would be a nice boost for Dallas, so keep your fingers crossed.