Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cowboys Ride into Falcons Game a Banged-up Posse

from Sporting News

We've heard plenty about Marion Barber(notes) and Felix Jones(notes) (right), but injuries to those two running backs are just the start of the health issues the Dallas Cowboys face this week as they prepare to meet the Atlanta Falcons.

Barber broke a thumb two weeks ago, adding to a thigh injury from a month back. Jones will play with a bum knee.

The rest of the injury report: tackle Marc Colombo(notes) (ankle), guard Leonard Davis(notes) (thumb), center Andre Gurode(notes) (knee), safety Michael Hamlin(notes) (wrist), linebacker Curtis Johnson(notes) (hamstring), safety Gerald Sensabaugh(notes) (thumb), linebacker DeMarcus Ware(notes) (foot fracture) and receiver Roy Williams (cracked ribs).

For the Falcons, safety Antoine Harris(notes) (knee) is out, safety William Moore(notes) (hamstring) and running back Jerious Norwood(notes) (hip) are doubtful, running back Ovie Mughelli(notes) (calf) is questionable, and tight end Justin Peelle(notes) (ankle) and running back Michael Turner(notes) (chest) are probable.

Jones spent the week adjusting to a knee brace, but then was going full speed without it. It's a big chance for Jones, who was injured Sept. 28 against the Panthers. He told the Dallas Morning News he's eager to see what happens Sunday.

"I hate missing the games, missing practices with my teammates," he said. "I hate to see them out there working, and I'm not able to be out there with them."

Sensabaugh will play with a cast on his right hand, which will guard his broken thumb but allow him to move his fingers. That will make it tough in his primary assignment, covering Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez(notes). Expect him to get plenty of help.