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Cowboys Lose Starters Jenkins and Smith Going Into Season Opener

Posted By David Willow On Sep 7 2011 @ 6:21 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

The Cowboys have reportedly lost 2 starters just days before their Sunday night opener against the New York Jets. Starting corner Mike Jenkins will miss the game after hurting his knee to go along with Terrence Newman, who is nursing an groin injury.

That will leave Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball as the starting corners which doesn’t fare well. We saw how Vincent Jackson handled the likes of Scandrick in preseason and Santonio Holmes is quicker and more explosive, so there is good reason for Cowboys fans to worry about the match up going into Sunday. The Jets aren’t the greatest passing team in the league by any means, but Mark Sanchez could take advantage of exposed Dallas secondary.

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The team also lost rookie starting right tackle Tyron Smith to what is being called a hyperextended knee. This is probably a more serious blow in relation to Sunday’s game, as Smith, who had look solid during preseason, will look to miss 2-4 weeks and it leaves Dallas to start the inexperienced Jermey Parnell who didn’t wow during training camp or preseason. This will add to the worry of a starting O-line featuring rookie starter Bill Nagy at guard and second year man Phil Costa at center, leaving the team very inexperienced facing a veteran unit in the Jets and a blitz happy Rex Ryan who will assuredly be on the attack.

This is a double whammy for the silver and blue because it is detrimental to the offensive and defensive units. Perhaps a little bit of the Giants bad fortune has rubbed off on the Boys, though no where near to the extent that the G-men have suffered injuries, or maybe this is just more fallout from the shortened off-season. Either way a game that looked winnable, although certainly an uphill battle for the now younger team, is looking extraordinarily less so after losing the two starters. It’s beginning to look more and more bleak for the silver and blue come this Sunday although anything can happen in the NFL.

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