The Dallas Cowboys backfield looked to grow in strength and stature during Thursday night’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game when Rico Dowdle handled his touches well. Having a deep stable of backs is obviously a good thing.
Promise was found at a different position behind the quarterback though in fullback Sewo Olonilua. Sewo has endeared himself to many Cowboys fans and has plenty of truthers throughout the fan base, and the reason is that he has showed out when given the opportunity to do so. Thursday night provided that for him as well.
Unfortunately Thursday night was a bit costly for Olonilua as it was reported on Sunday morning that he suffered a neck injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Morning News notes that the belief is that he could be “out for a while” which is obviously not great news.
Cowboys FB Sewo Olonilua suffered a neck injury Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game, and although the evaluation is ongoing, the belief is he could be “out for a while,” a source said. Unfortunate setback for Olonilua. Had been competing for a 53-man roster spot.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 8, 2021
It is hard to determine what “a while” is but it feels like that particular verbiage wouldn’t be used unless it was a substantial amount of time. Hopefully we are wrong on that estimation, but that is generally the way that these reports tend to go.
Whether or not the Cowboys should carry a fullback has been an interesting conversation in previous seasons as they have adjusted the number of backs they take on the roster altogether, remember that in 2018 they only even had two running backs.
Preseason opportunities mean a lot to players who are on the fringe. Hopefully Sewo gets an opportunity to return soon and continue the pace that he was on.