First, the facts about one key guy in the game of "Whack-a-Mole'' in the Dallas secondary ...
One: The Dallas Cowboys are sending first-round rookie defensive back Byron Jones for a second medical opinion on his injured left shoulder.
Two: The MRI performed on Monday came back negative.
Three: The club is right to, as COO Stephen Jones said Monday, "make sure we do it right.''
But beyond that? Speculation and conjecture and concern that might not be warranted.
“We’re getting a second opinion,’’ Stephen Jones said Monday. “We feel good about his situation, but obviously, we’ve got a lot invested there and we want to make sure we do it right.’’
Jones sprained his shoulder in a Sunday collision with teammate Mo Claiborne. Byron himself reported immediate concern because the injury occurred tp the same shoulder that was surgically repaired in college a year ago.
But then, in a noontime conversation that included our Mike Fisher (and heard on 105.3 The Fan), Byron quelled the concerns.
“I was worried,’’ Jones said after participating in the morning walkthrough (but before being held out of the afternoon session against the visiting St. Louis Rams). “But after a half-hour, I got strength back (in the shoulder). I’ll be fine.’'
So Byron feels fine. The MRI performed on Monday came back negative. And the club is being careful. (Don't read to much into the breathless reports of Byron "leaving camp'' for the second exam; the finest surgeons in the land -- not to mention maybe Byron's personal surgeon or other experts connected with the Cowboys -- aren't likely headquartered within walking distance of the Oxnard practice field.)
This has the feel of a "concern'' but not a "lie,'' or a "precaution'' and not a disaster. And that "feel,'' as much as anything, is about the way Byron himself says he feels. Maybe it seems otherwise, though, because Barry Church (..) is limited and Orlando Scandrick (knee) is sitting and Claiborne himself has a dinged-up hand. Maybe the frustrated exists because Ron Leary (back) and Tyrone Crawford (back) and Dez Bryant (hamstring) didn't go on Monday ... oh, and if you want frustration,'' check out Dez' predictable reactions to the emotions of the day:
But back to the truths, and what I think are the assumptions: it's a game of "Whack-a-Mole'' in the Dallas secondary. Heck, it goes beyond that, with Leary and Crawford missing with back ailments and Dez being so frustrated at being held out of the Rams practices that ... well, yu know ...
So it's an emotional game of "Whack-a-Mole.'' And I think Byron's shoulder can take it.