Wade Phillips addressed the media earlier this week, and with his starters sitting out the fourth game of the preseason he was talking who would be available for the season opener against the Browns on Sept 7.
Currently Philips is ruling 5 key contributors out for the season opener. Starting left guard Kyle Kosier appeared in the locker room on crutches, his right foot in a cast, confirming he’ll miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained foot. In addition linebacking duo Kevin Burnett and Anthony Spencer are still recovering from knee surgery. Also wide receivers Mike Austin and Isaiah Stanback are still sidelined with injuries. Stanback has an injured shoulder that will likely require surgery, and Austin will need another 3-4 weeks as he waits till his MCL sprain heels.
These will be noticeable holes in the Cowboys team come opening day. To this point the injury bug has not been kind to America’s team. One positive way to look at this, is at least this way the Cowboys are getting their injuries out of the way now rather than encountering them coming down the stretch. Let’s hope that is the case.