Hunter Out for the Year

An already suspect Cowboys secondary received a huge setback of sorts on Monday night when cornerback Pete Hunter went down in the first quarter with a knee injury.

The Cowboys found out yesterday that Hunter will indeed be lost for the season. Hunter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first quarter and will have surgery later this week.

Rookie Jacques Reeves, who was the last player taken by the Cowboys in the 2004 draft, filled in for Hunter against the Redskins and will likely get the first shot at keeping the job for the rest of the season.

Although he gave up a couple of passes late, Reeves proved up to the challenge against the Redskins, who repeatedly targeted the rookie seventh-round pick for big plays. He tackled well and only gave up a one-yard touchdown pass to Rod Gardner.

"I feel pretty good about the game I had tonight," Reeves said. "But I know I had stuff to improve upon. I think I can."

Hunter's injury not only put Reeves in the lineup but it put fellow rookie seventh round pick Nate Jones in the game as the nickel corner.

Jones survived as well, though Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said they will experience some growing pains.

"We got some young kids that have to grow up," Parcells said.

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