The injury bug hit the Dallas Cowboys in a major way on Tuesday. Flozell Adams went down with a hyper-extended right knee Tuesday morning, Zellner left with a strained right groin, and Bryant banged his knee with cornerback Jason Bell. Bryant would later return to practice, but Adams and Zellner did not. Dave Campo indicated that Adams would not play in Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Results on Zellner are expected back tomorrow morning.
The Cowboys have already hit the waiver wire to pick up another offensive linemen- even before Adams went down. Dallas picked up Damon Nivens (6'5, 320), a first year free agent originally with the Baltimore Ravens. He also spent extensive time in NFL Europe this summer playing as an offensive guard.
From the looks of the Cowboys quarterback situation, Anthony Wright is clearly on the outside looking in, and his career as a Dallas Cowboy might be coming to an end. Wright voiced his frustration to the media on Monday, and Dave Campo was very unhappy with the veteran signal caller. The Cowboys have actively shopped Wright around to several teams, but all reports seem to indicate that nobody is willing to give up enough to ignite a trade. It doesn't look like he will be around much longer, and quite frankly; we are very surprised that he is still with the team.
For Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, Quincy Carter is expected to play for the first half, and Emmitt Smith will sit out. "I would say that Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson will get a bunch of playing time," said Dave Campo. "We'll meet tonight to put together a game plan." Also, pay close attention to the linebackers on Friday, as Kevin Hardy will see his first significant action.
Want a good bet as to which receivers will wrap up the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots? Antonio Bryant is in simply because he was the one of the Cowboys top draft picks- and he's clearly the most talented of the bunch. Reggie Swinton will be another. Swinton has proven his worth time and time again as kick returner, and as long as he holds onto the football, he's golden. The last guy will be Ken-Yon Rambo. Sure, Randal Williams has made some acrobatic receptions and runs the fastest 40 of anybody in the history of the world. And maybe Jermaine Copeland has come on strong as of late, but Rambo, Bryant, and Swinton have consistently looked the best through the first week and half of training camp. Mark it down now; the Cowboys will keep those three players.
Finally, with special teams coach Joe Avezzano back in the mix after the Desperado's lost their Arena League playoff game against Chicago- look for some improvement in the kicking game. After all, how could it get any worse? The Cowboys have had one of the worst field goal units in the NFL over the course of the last two seasons, in large part due to the situation at long snapper.
Since that problem has been resolved, the organization is willing to do anything possible to get somebody on the field to kick the ball consistently through uprights. Seder, who hasn't really looked the same since his injury last year, has done nothing to make Campo feel comfortable about putting him on the field. Cundiff, who is a rookie kicker out of Drake, has some pop to his kicks, but his accuracy isn't there.
Watch this situation closely on Friday. If both of these guys struggle against the Raiders, Campo will look to bring in a veteran kicker.
Injuries Prevail on Tuesday
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