The Dallas Cowboys got another bit of bad news on the defensive side of the ball on Monday when it was revealed that defensive end Kenyon Coleman would miss the remainder of the season with torn triceps, suffered in the Cowboys’ 38-23 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Coleman is the third starter on the defensive side of the ball to be lost to a season-ending injury in 2012. Safety Barry Church went down with a torn Achilles and Sean Lee, just a few weeks ago, suffered an injury to his big toe that required season-ending surgery.
Coleman will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Marcus Spears, who stepped in for Coleman in the Eagles game. Tyrone Crawford, Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore will see increased playing time as well as Dallas tries to fill Coleman’s void with a platoon system.
"That’s a loss for us, because he’s been such a good player for us," head coach Jason Garrett said of Coleman, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He is one of the leaders of the defensive line and certainly one of the leaders of our defense. He is a very, very good run defender and has shown that he can push the pocket and pressure the quarterback a little bit too. He’ll be a loss for us, but like with the other guys that have gone out this year, the next man has to be up.
“We feel like we have some good depth at the defensive line position, so the next guy is going to jump in there and we will continue to have a rotation there at the defensive line, and hopefully, they will play as well as Kenyon was playing.”
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