In a turn of events that could serve as a microcosm of the Dallas Cowboys’ 2011 season thus far, safety Gerald Sensabaugh ended the Detroit Lions’ first drive with an interception on Sunday, a turnover that would lead to the Cowboys’ first touchdown from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant; then, with the Cowboys well in control of the game at 27-3 early in the second half, Sensabaugh suffered a concussion, from which he wouldn’t return.
That is, he got to watch the team collapse from the sidelines.
In good news, Sensabaugh doesn’t believe the injury is all that serious, even going so far as to say he might have returned Sunday, were it not for the NFL’s strict stance with respect to head injuries of late.
"I'll be all right," Sensabaugh said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I was all right. When I came back to the sideline, I felt like I could go back and play."
Without Sensabaugh, the Cowboys’ defense allowed their only two touchdowns of the day, both second half passes to Calvin Johnson. Barry Church, who replaced Sensabaugh after the injury, believes the Cowboys did fairly well after the veteran went out, but admits that the team missed his presence.
"With Gerald back there, he's kind of the quarterback of the defense," said Church. "When you lose your quarterback, it's going to be pretty difficult at first. For the most part, I think we stepped up in there and did a pretty good job. We had a couple of mistakes here and there. We're just going to battle back from this."
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