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Cowboys Place Two Starters on IR

Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com

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Cowboys fans should feel insulted by the way this season has gone through the first eight games.

Now, they can add injury to that insult as defensive lineman Marcus Spears and safety/kickoff returner Akwasi Owusu-Ansah were placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday, ending their seasons halfway through the 2010 campaign.

Spears was injured in the Sunday night debacle that spelled the end for the Wade Phillips tenure in Dallas. He finished his year with 24 tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage and three quarterback hurries.

Owusu-Ansah's injury is actually a more severe blow to the Cowboys.

The rookie was the team's top kickoff returner this year with a 21.7 yard average per return on his 25 attempts.

He was also a backup safety and a part of the severely thinning secondary that includes Michael Jenkins, a player whose future with the team is without a doubt in question after his horrible display of effort in Sunday night's game when he dodged yet another tackle after his infamous ducking of Brandon Jacobs a couple of years ago.

Curiously, the Cowboys replaced the two players with two defensive linemen and no defensive backs as they added Jeremy Clark and Jimmy Sadler-McQueen to the roster to replace Spears and Owusu-Ansah. Reckon they just added Sadler-McQueen to replace Owusu-Ansah because they wanted another odd hyphenated name? Not everyone can be Maurice Jones-Drew.

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