ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Cornerback Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 28, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Sunday was a summarily bizarre day in Arlington, Texas.
It was a day that saw the Cowboys score seven points on offense and win; a day that saw Shaun Suisham, who hadn't missed a field goal, miss twice; a day that saw a ten minute delay near the end of the first half, as the referees debated whether or not Jason Campbell had stepped out of bounds before throwing the ball away.
It was weird, in the truest sense of the word, and it didn't take long to get that way.
Three injuries were seen before the teams hit the locker room for intermission, two coming as the result of one play. Washington's DeAngelo Hall recovered a Marion Barber fumble and, on the return, was tackled by the Romo. The quarterback's lower back, the part vulnerable under his rib protector, met with Hall's knee.
The play meant a sore back and a shot for Romo and a knee contusion for Hall; both men remained in the game.
Ladell Betts, Washington's starting running back with the concussed Clinton Portis on the shelf, was not so lucky as he suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, sending him to the sidelines for the remainder of the contest; the team, according to the Washington Post, believes today that Betts has torn his ACL and MCL, meaning he's done for the season.
But the height of weirdness on Sunday--at least, until Devin Hester's bare ass was shown to the world on NBC's Sunday Night Football--was the verbal, and nearly physical, row between Terence Newman and secondary coach Dave Campo. The exchange was likely the result of Newman seemingly giving up on coverage on a third and long, with Jason Campbell under heavy pressure. Campbell hit Newman's man for a long conversion.
When the defense finally got off the field, Campo took to explaining to Newman in clear (and loud) terms what he may have done differently; Newman took exception, shoving Campo before the two were momentarily separated by the injured Ken Hamlin. Newman and Campo remained in close proximity, though, with the height of the exchange coming when Newman slapped--or, probably more accurately, pawed--at Campo's headset.
After this anticlimactic blow, the two were separated for good.