Checking in on the Injury Situation

By now everyone knows the Dallas Cowboys have been ravaged by injuries.  Going into Sunday’s big game against the New York Giants injuries will impact how the Cowboys set up their game plan to take on the defending Super Bowl Champions.  So with that being said, let’s take a look at what the injury situation is. 

Jason Witten (ribs): Witten broke his ribs during last weeks game and missed the second half.  Currently he is being called a game-time decision.  He has not practiced all week.  In all honesty if his ribs are hurting him that badly that he cannot practice and has to wait til game time to know make a choice about playing, then the smart choice is to sit him.  The Cowboys season is not tanked yet, and there is a lot of football to play in the months of November and December.  Let Witten rest and get healthy.

Anthony Henry (quadriceps) – Despite suffering what was called a slight quadriceps tear that knocked him out of the Tampa Bay game, Henry went through a limited portion of practice on Wednesday and appeared to be running really well in the portion open to the media. Phillips said Henry has improved in the past couple of days, and does have a “chance” of playing against the Giants. If he can’t go, rookie Orland Scandrick would start in his place at right corner. Once again it would be a good choice to let Henry rest especially with the Cowboys D showing improvement.

Anthony Spencer (hamstring) – The hamstring strain that limited him to just six plays against Arizona and caused him to miss the next two games apparently has improved enough for the backup outside linebacker to participate in Wednesday’s practice on a limited basis. Phillips seemed encouraged by Spencer’s progress, and said he, too, has a “chance” of playing against the Giants.

Tony Romo (finger) – The Cowboys starting quarterback will not practice this week, and Phillips already has ruled him out of the Giants game with the fracture fifth finger on his right (throwing) hand that has caused him to miss the past two games. Brad Johnson will start a third consecutive game and Brooks Bollinger will be the No. 2 guy. There is still hope Romo will be able to return after the Nov. 9 bye. The Dallas Cowboys will need him on the field if they want any chance at making a run at the post season or dare I say a Super Bowl.

RB Felix Jones (hamstring) – Continues to miss practice with the hamstring tear he suffered early in the third quarter against Arizona. Jones will miss his third consecutive game this Sunday, but Phillips said he has a good chance of returning after the bye. Jones joined Newman off to the side doing rehab work with the trainers during Wednesday’s practice.

Those are the major injuries the Cowboys are dealing with.  In addition Terrence Newman, Kyle Kosier, Pat Watkins are all out till at least after the bye week.