CANTON, OH - AUGUST 4: Matt Johnson #37 and cornerback Sterling Moore #21 of the Dallas Cowboys tip off a pass intended for wide receiver Marvin McNutt #87 of the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
We can bemoan another Sean Lee injury and turn Miles Austin’s hamstrings into a punch line. But compared to Cowboys’ safety Matt Johnson, those two players are Bruce Willis’ eternally healthy character in Unbreakable.
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That’s right, the 4th-round draft choice from 2012 has yet to play in a single game over two NFL seasons because of injuries. And don’t look now, but guess who was sitting out Tuesday’s work during OTAs at Valley Ranch with yet another physical setback?
You guessed it. Johnson, with a sore hamstring.
The Cowboys loved his athleticism and knack for finding the football out of Eastern Washington, where he recorded 17 interceptions. But in his rookie training camp he hurt both hamstrings and missed the season. Last year he broke a bone in his foot and was sidelined another season without suiting up.
It’s been well-documented that the Cowboys need help at safety. But even though his latest sore hamstring is currently deemed a day-to-day setback, more and more it’s looking like Matt Johnson isn’t an option.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.