Glenn Possible To See Some Playing Time Saturday As Cowboys Look To Rebound Against Panthers

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Wade Phillips stated he is “hopeful” WR Terry Glenn may get some playing time this coming Saturday in Charlotte, NC.  So after last week’s progress of running some routes with the team, the time may have arrived for Glenn to get some actual game experience for the first time this season.  It comes at a very welcome time after a dismal offensive performance against Philadelphia and a disappointing home loss. 

However, that is in the past and there is no reason why this team can’t come back this week and post some big numbers again.  Carolina has played well the last couple of weeks and do have Steve Smith, but the QB position is still questionable for them and their running game has been inconsistent.  If Dallas can stop the run to force Matt Moore to have to throw, then there’s a good chance the defense will have a big game.

Lots of you have been really beating up the defense still, especially concerning the run, lately, but there has been significant improvement all season.  Detroit surprised the defense by running early when all evidence showed they wouldn’t, but this week, it is quite certain that Carolina’s success will depend on running the ball. 

The absence of Roy Williams and injury to back-up Pat Watkins does cause some concern in the run defense, since Williams surpassed 100 tackles for the season in Sunday’s game, but Watkins will be missed mainly in special teams play.  Keith Davis will now have the start at S and rookie Courtney Brown will sub for Watkins in the nickel and dime sets. 

On the offensive side,  Romo’s MRI came back negative on his right thumb and he and Phillips both stated he would be ready to play Saturday and C Andre Gurode’s test results on his left knee are not back yet, but he was walking.  It would be detrimental not to have him in and completely healthy this week, but Proctor played pretty well in his absence Sunday.  Coach Phillips still remains optimistic, as he should, since his team is 12-2 and as he said on the Cowboys home page, “the sky isn’t falling because of one game…”. 

Dallas will use last week to hopefully refocus their efforts and come up winners again this week in North Carolina against a team really only playing for pride.  Some interesting connections between the two teams though, both Testaverde and Moore played for Dallas, Moore most recently during training camp but released and picked up on waivers by Carolina and who could forget Testaverde’s year with the Cowboys in ’04. 

Jason Witten has went over 1,000-yards receiving and pretty much broken every record there is for a TE at Dallas, most assuredly in the Pro Bowl again and T.O. has gone over 1,300 yards receiving this year and is now 10th to go over 13,000-yards in his career.   So all is not lost with an offense that has these two and Tony Romo at the helm.  Throw in Marion Barber and a great offensive line and you can see why this team is 12-2.


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