2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Cowboys scrambling as injuries decimate OL

By SCHUYLER DIXON - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-02 18:31

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are suddenly so thin on the offensive line, they grabbed a player who lives 10 minutes from training camp in California.

Good thing they at least had James Nelson in rookie camp in May, even if they decided not to sign him then. Funny what a little personnel emergency can do for someone who went to high school in nearby Ventura after finishing his college career at Texas-El Paso.

``They called and asked, `Hey, are you in Oxnard,''' said Nelson. ``I said, `Yeah.'''

Nelson will be in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday night, and should play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game against Miami - three days after he signed. He says coaches told him to expect to play in the fourth quarter.

It would probably be even earlier if Nelson played guard. The Cowboys don't have many healthy ones after starter Nate Livings underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for the second time in six months on Friday.

Livings had recurring problems with the knee about the same time Kevin Kowalski, a backup, was sidelined with a bruised knee.

Dallas even lost a guard they signed along with Nelson on Thursday. Jeff Olson, a rookie from TCU, sustained a possible concussion in his first workout and his return was uncertain.

It's unlikely Kowalski will return before the end of camp. Livings, who missed the first week of camp with a cut on his foot, may not be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 against the New York Giants.

``We don't think it was too severe,'' coach Jason Garrett said. ``We just want to clear that thing up. It's very early. Better to address those things right now and give those guys a chance to be ready for the start of the season.''

There was a bit of good news Friday with the return of Mackenzy Bernadeau, the other starting guard. He has missed all of camp after straining a hamstring in the pre-camp conditioning test.

Garrett and Bernadeau said the guard's return had nothing to do with the dire circumstances at his position.

``We play it safe,'' Bernadeau said. ``It's unfortunate that we have had a lot of injuries along the interior line. But I am at a comfort level where I feel all right and I will take some days off afterwards.''

Bernadeau won't play in the opener, but Garrett still hasn't officially said whether quarterback Tony Romo will play. He suggested to the team's flagship radio station a week ago that Romo would sit because the Cowboys have an extra preseason game.

He offered some of the same reasoning Friday when asked whether injuries on the offensive line would keep Romo from playing.

``Typically (starters) don't play a lot in the first preseason game of the four-game preseason schedule,'' Garrett said. ``Certainly the environment you have for any of the players you are playing, you want it to be favorable.''

First-round draft pick Travis Frederick is one of the projected starters who will play. He's been the No. 1 center in every workout with the Cowboys, but he played guard at Wisconsin.

Even with the injuries at guard, Garrett says the plan isn't changing for Frederick, who has been getting work at guard in training camp.

``We anticipate him playing much more center but again we're a little depleted up front,'' Garrett said. ``He does need to get some work at guard at some point.''

There's one other good thing at guard for the Cowboys. Ron Leary, who signed as an undrafted free agent last year despite chronic knee problems, returned to practice this week after dealing with a back issue.

Leary has been working with the first team and might be for a while. And he doesn't care if injuries keep him on the field in the preseason opener longer than normal for a starter.

``If coach says, `Leary you've got the play the whole game,' I'm going to strap it up,'' Leary said. ``I'm going to play the whole game.''

It's not quite that dire for the Cowboys at guard, but it's close.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

---

Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Alshon JefferySep 22 07:21p

Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (ankle) are both active for the Week 3 game against the New York Jets. Both were questionable for the game.

Brandon MarshallSep 22 07:13p

Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (ankle) are both active for the Week 3 game against the New York Jets. Both were questionable for the game.

Eric DeckerSep 22 07:13p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Sept. 22.

A.J. EddsSep 22 07:13p

The New York Jets have declared LB A.J. Edds, OG Ben Ijalana, OL Dakota Dozier, CB Dee Milliner, DE IK Enemkpali, DL T.J. Barnes, WR Walter Powell inactive for Week 3.

Eric DeckerSep 22 06:23p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) said he felt good while working out before the game and expects to play in Week 3.

Jamaal CharlesSep 22 06:13p

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) will 'most likely' return to practice this week after sitting out in Week 3, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City [ More ]

Nate FreeseSep 22 04:17p

The Lions released Freese on Monday.

Mike TolbertSep 22 03:03p

Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) has a hairline fracture in his leg. The timetable for his return is unknown.

Donald BrownSep 22 02:43p

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown rushed for seven yards on 15 carries in the second half against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Seven of Brown's carries went [ More ]

Jonathan StewartSep 22 02:43p

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) could very well miss Week 4 with a severely sprained right knee. Stewart will not practice until Friday, Sept. 26 this week, [ More ]

Kyle RudolphSep 22 02:13p

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) will need surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks.

Marqise LeeSep 22 02:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) will be evaluated during the week but is not expected to play in Week 4.

Vincent JacksonSep 22 02:13p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (wrist) fractured his wrist against the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night. The fracture is small and Jackson is expected to play this week.

Josh McCownSep 22 02:03p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) is not expected to play in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of his thumb injury and could miss more time [ More ]

Jason KelceSep 22 02:03p

Philadelphia Eagles C Jason Kelce (hernia) will likely need six weeks of recovery time following surgery to fix his sports hernia, according to a source with knowledge of the [ More ]

Jonathan GoodwinSep 22 01:53p

New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to a source. An MRI exam confirmed the injury, and he's likely to miss some time.

Frank GoreSep 22 01:53p

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore wasn't pleased with the offensive game plan in which they unleashed five-receiver sets against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 because of a [ More ]

Ryan TannehillSep 22 01:32p

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is not guaranteed to be the starting quarterback in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders after head coach Joe Philbin declined to name a starter for the game.

Stephen TullochSep 22 01:22p

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will have surgery on his knee at an undetermined date. LB DeAndre Levy will likely slide to middle linebacker to replace Tulloch.

Demaryius ThomasSep 22 01:12p

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas finished with four catches for just 31 yards in the team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but QB Peyton Manning targeted him [ More ]

Jason KelceSep 22 01:12p

Philadelphia Eagles C Jason Kelce (hernia) will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia he suffered in Week 3. Head coach Chip Kelly said he does not know how [ More ]

Chris ProsinskiSep 22 01:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars FS Chris Prosinski (elbow) will miss two to four weeks because of an elbow injury.

Eric DeckerSep 22 12:52p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) will be a true game-time decision in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears Monday, Sept. 22.

Alex HenerySep 22 12:43p

Detroit Lions PK Nate Freese was waived Monday, Sept. 22, and the team signed free-agent PK Alex Henery (Eagles) to an undisclosed deal to take his place. Freese made [ More ]

Stephen TullochSep 22 12:43p

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is out for the season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Tulloch injured himself while celebrating in Week 3.

Owen DanielsSep 22 12:43p

Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels will be relied on in the tight end position with TE Dennis Pitta (hip) out indefinitely. Daniels has experience in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's [ More ]

Frank GoreSep 22 11:32a

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore had just 10 yards on six carries Sunday, Sept. 21. He received 16 carries in Week 1 and 13 carries in Week 2.

T Y HiltonSep 22 11:32a

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) is not expected to have a severe ankle injury, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Darrelle RevisSep 22 11:02a

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was 5-for-6 on passes against New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis Sunday, Sept. 21. That is tied for the second-most receptions Revis has allowed [ More ]

Jarvis JonesSep 22 10:13a

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (wrist) will require surgery on his wrist injury suffered Sunday, Sept 21.

LeSean McCoySep 22 10:03a

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was held in check by the Washington Redskins' big nickel package and base defensive front Sunday, Sept. 21. He was rarely able to bounce [ More ]

Ike TaylorSep 22 09:32a

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor (forearm) suffered a broken forearm Sunday, Sept. 21, and is out indefinitely.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group