The outcome of the Dallas Cowboys game against the New England Patriots was a frustrating result. The Cowboys, even though they played a sloppy game with some turnovers and a plethora of penalties, still managed to hang with the Patriots, and even had the lead late in the game. We all know that wasn't enough as Tom Brady pulled out another game-winning drive.
The Cowboys redzone issues in 2011 are becoming all too real. OCC details this brilliantly in this post. They haven't been able to run the ball effectively, and there's no place you'd like to have running success more than in the redzone. That task may just have gotten tougher. Felix Jones has suffered the dreaded high-ankle sprain and will likely miss the upcoming game, plus more if the recovery time on high-ankle sprains holds true in this case. As a running back, this injury can be particularly bothersome, we'll have to wait and see how long he's out. In his place will be DeMarco Murray, who showed a little something in the Patriots game, and Tashard Choice. Phillip Tanner may even get his shot at toting the ball in a real game for the Cowboys.
And along the offensive line, left guard takes another hit after being a troublesome spot so far this season. Bill Nagy has fractured an ankle and will likely miss the rest of the year. Nagy won the job out of training camp, then had a poor first game coupled with a minor injury and lost the job to Derrick Dockery. Dockery suffered an injury in the next game and the starter's role shifted back to Nagy. After improving recently at the spot, Nagy will now be out and it's likely that Kevin Kolwaski will have the first shot at taking over. Rookie David Arkin could play himself into the mix, and when Dockery gets healthy he could see action. Kolwaski is also the backup center, so the Cowboys will need to decide if they need outside help to fill out the center/guard combo for depth purposes.