Dallas Cowboys Need all Hands on Deck

| by Ian Palmer

There may be a little light at the end of the tunnel for the Dallas Cowboys. The 0-2 team finally recently found out Mike Jenkins and Jason Witten should play in Houston this Sunday.

Witten missed the end of last week’s 27-20 defeat to Chicago due to a head injury, while Jenkins was also injured during the game. However, MRI results showed Jenkins only suffered bruising to his right knee. Dallas head coach Wade Phillips says he expects both players to start practicing in midweek.

After getting off to an 0-2 start, the Cowboys need all the help they can get to finally get on track. Witten said he didn’t think he received a concussion -- but felt a little woozy. He sees no reason to miss the Houston game. The bruised knee might slow Jenkins down a little, but he’s also ready to take to the field.

While the Cowboys might be a little discouraged and lacking in confidence at the moment, they should at least be ready for Houston physically, and they’ll need to be if they hope to post their first win of the season against the 2-0 Texans. Houston won convincingly over Indianapolis in their season opener and then travelled to Washington and edged the Redskins in overtime last Sunday.

However, Dallas could be reeling mentally, considering their preseason status as contenders for the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. But instead of getting off to a good start, they’ve lost to two clubs that won a combined 11 games last season. The players realize the situation they’re in and held a players-only discussion recently at Valley Ranch.

Phillips said players need to be accountable to each other, clear the air and all get on the same page for the rest of the season. He added that he’ll make changes to the lineup if he has to, but didn’t specify what he had in mind and doesn’t want to overreact to the club’s current situation. He said the past is the past and everybody has to concentrate on the future if the team is to eventually get better.

Safety Gerald Sensabaugh agreed with Phillips, saying the Cowboys can’t panic but just have to keep working and fighting as hard as they can.

Wide receiver Roy Williams even suggested the bad start might be a blessing in disguise if it makes the team take each game more seriously.

But nothing’s going to be easy for the Cowboys. They could easily be facing an 0-3 record if they don’t pull their socks up in Houston. After that, they have a week off and then face Tennessee, Minnesota, the New York Giants and Jacksonville.

Not an easy road.