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Phillips: Williams Was "Rusty"

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DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a pass reception and is pushed out of bounds by Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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When a team plays a complete game resulting in a decisive victory over a talented opponent, one would usually assume that said team's number one receiver had a big game, at least to some degree--a big touchdown catch maybe, or several small but important catches.

This was far from the case for Dallas on Sunday, as Roy Williams was outshined by the second and third receivers on the roster. Williams had just one catch for 16 yards. Crayton had just two catches, but one of those was for a crucial touchdown just before the half. Miles Austin led Dallas's receivers with 171 yards and two touchdowns on six catches.

Wade Phillips said that while Williams' didn't aggravate the rib injury that kept him out of the Kansas City game, he wasn't himself.

"I thought he was a little rusty, but he ran hard and worked hard on his routes and those kinds of things, and blocked downfield," Phillips said. "He tried hard like everybody else did."

Williams, who reaffirmed that his ribs were not a factor, delivered an assessment of his performance that was just a bit more harsh than that of Phillips.

"No, I was good, I was good to go," said Williams. "I just played terrible today, you know, I played bad. So I got another chance to bounce back this week, and we got a good football team. But the ribs are good, ready to roll."
 

Related Topics Roy Williams, Wade Phillips
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