Wrapping up a four-day practice visit by the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, the Cowboys defeated the Broncos, 31-20, led by two rushing touchdowns by Marion Barber III and one by Julius Jones.
The loss could be especially painful for the Broncos.
Starting running back Travis Henry had 10 carries for 25 yards
before leaving the game in the second quarter with a left knee
"It's a first-degree MCL ... that's what we think. We'll do an
MRI to make sure," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "If it is,
he could be ready for next week's game. If it's something more
serious, obviously we'd be talking longer."
Backup running back Mike Bell strained his left hip in the third
quarter and did not return.
"The injury happened earlier in practice," Bell said. "Just
playing on it made it feel worse but there was one specific play
where it really tightened up on me."
The Broncos also lost defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban to a
strained right achilles' tendon and backup safety Curome Cox to
a strained right shoulder.
"It looks like it could be an achilles tear," Shanahan said. "If
that's the case, it could keep out the entire season." The
Broncos had been in Dallas most of the week working out with the
Cowboys, but had very little to show for it when it counted
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played the entire first half and
completed 11-of-18 passing for 122 yards. Romo also had over
100 yards playing just one quarter last week against
Romo led the Dallas offense down the field repeatedly with
drives of 47, 60, 69 and 30 yards.
Barber, who had touchdowns runs of 1 and 5 yards, ended the
night with 57 yards on 11 carries. Jones ended the night with
31 yards on nine carries and a 4-yard touchdown run. Third team
tailback Tyson Thompson led all rushers with 16 yards on 75
Jay Cutler, the Broncos' second-year starting quarterback, was
7-of-13 for 58 yards playing most of the first half.
The Broncos were limited to two first-half Jason Elam field
goals, both of which came off Dallas turnovers.
Dre Bly's second-quarter interception and Nick Ferguson's
recovery of a Sam Hurd fumble set up both Denver first-half
Both Broncos' touchdowns came in the second half behind backup
quarterback Patrick Ramsey who had touchdowns passes of 90 yards
to Brian Clark and 5 yards to Quincy Morgan. Ramsey ended his
evening 10-of-17 for 169 yards.
Cowboys Beat Denver, 31-20
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