After Dallas' not-looking-so-disastrous-now season-opening loss at Washington, the sky at Valley Ranch was falling at an alarming pace.
The offensive line was terrible, missing both Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier — both expected to be out until after the Week 4 bye with knee injuries.
"That’s when we thought originally," coach Wade Phillips told ESPNDallas' Calvin Watkins. "A couple of the injuries, certainly Kosier, came along a lot faster than we thought, so yeah, it looked like early we wouldn't have guys back until after the bye."
Then, when both actually returned in Week 2 against the Bears, all was supposed to be good. Until the Bears left JerryWorld with a win and the Cowboys with an 0-2 start. Then the sky went through the ground.
We all know what happened from there. The Cowboys marched down to Houston and easily beat the big, mighty Texans to salvage their season. That, coupled with the rest of the NFC East struggling as well, has Dallas just a half-game out of first place and coming off its bye preparing for Tennessee on Sunday in Arlington.
On Wednesday, the Cowboys had their full roster participating in practice for the first time all season, and suddenly the sun and clouds reside at their normal altitude in Valley Ranch.
After tweaking his knee in the Houston game, Kosier is back to practicing in full, and Jason Witten was participating with a brace after spraining his MCL against Houston.
Add in Dez Bryant, Sam Hurd and Martellus Bennett, who had missed times to various injuries, and the Cowboys finally had their full arsenal of players. Does that spell D-O-O-M for the Titans? That's what we were led to believe throughout the offseason, that the Cowboys had the most talented squad in the NFL and were destined to play in their hometown Super Bowl come February.
There will be more injuries. Injuries are a part of the NFL — a big part. But in recent years, the Cowboys have been historically lucky when it comes to injuries, finishing the seasons near the bottom of the league in terms of playing time lost to injuries.
Wade and Jerry are hoping to see things get back to normal now in Cowboys land.
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