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Victory Over Texans Proves Costly

  Probably one of the most stable and under-appreciated members of the vaunted Cowboys offensive line, G Kyle Kosier, suffered a hairline fracture to his right foot early on in Friday night’s win over Houston.  Kosier will most likely miss 4-6 weeks and the season begins in just 3, so that includes the season opener against the Browns.

Also injured during the game was second-year WR Isaiah Stanback, who hurt his shoulder trying to recover his own fumble of the second-half kickoff.  He has a subluxation (hyperextension?) to his left shoulder, the same one he injured last year, but reportedly not as serious as that one.  Now with the loss of Miles Austin to an injury last week in Denver, we are in even more trouble at the WR position than ever. 

As for the OL, we do have some depth there as 4-year guard Joe Berger will most likely fill in for Kosier although James Marten is listed behind Kosier on the depth chart.  Berger, who was signed off waivers from Miami in ’06, played at Michigan Tech and has proven to be solid at the position over the past three years.

Injuries, as are always the case, are beginning to take its toll on the team as now there are several starters who might miss the first game against the Browns.  Although most reports say starting CB Terrence Newman and Stanback will be available, there’s the questions about LB’s Anthony Spencer and Kevin Burnett, WR Miles Austin and  now, Kosier.

In order to get down to the league-mandate of 75 players by today, the Cowboys made their first cuts of the year by letting go of five players.  QB Jeff Terrell, CB Quincy Butler, WR Daniel Polk, FB Ronnie Cruz, who actually got an injury settlement, and P Jay Ottovegio.  Cruz, who spent last season on the practice squad, injured his shoulder last week in Denver and will most likely not return to the team this year.  Of all the cuts, only WR Daniel Polk and QB Jeff Terrell might be kept on the practice squad.


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