Every team that plays the Steelers goes home broken.
Cowboys Add More Injuries To Insult In Defeat
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
December 8, 2008 12:05 AM
PITTSBURGH - As if the Cowboys' training staff hasn't been busy enough.
But Sunday's game was no different from what has been a theme the entire season: injuries, injuries, and then a few more injuries.
The Cowboys were banged up coming into the game and are now limping home, not just with a 20-13 loss in which the Steelers rallied for 17 straight points in the fourth quarter, but one that saw the Cowboys suffer even more medical setbacks.
Not only were they playing without Marion Barber, who didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh because of a dislocated toe on his right foot, but they were also closely monitoring DeMarcus Ware, who hyper-extended his left knee last week. Ware ended up playing and recorded his 16th sack this season.
Ware might have gotten out of this game unscathed, but many of his teammates did not.
At least seven players were taken off the field, missing at least a play, although only guard Montrae Holland did not return. Holland suffered a sprained knee, forcing Cory Procter to finish the game at left guard.
Both tight end Jason Witten and safety Keith Davis went to the locker room before returning to action. Witten had a sprained ankle early in the game and then had to be taken to the locker room for X-rays on his chest. But just like he did last month when he played with a broken rib, Witten finished the game.
As for Davis, he suffered a sprained left knee when he collided with Ware while trying to make a tackle. Davis said after the game that he will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Cornerback Terence Newman left the game in the first quarter and missed a series with blurred vision, although he returned with seemingly no lasting effects.
Pacman Jones also suffered a minor neck injury when he muffed a punt in the second quarter. But he returned on the Cowboys' next possession. Bradie James also suffered a neck injury, but returned shortly afterwards, and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was dinged up towards the end of the game.
The Cowboys gave no official word to the severity of each injury.