Cowboys News and Notes, 8/16/10: Marc Colombo out 2-4 weeks
- RT Marc Colombo needs athroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out 2-4 weeks.
Colombo injured the knee at the end of practice and was replaced by rookie Sam Young. It is interesting that the Cowboys went to Young over Robert Brewster. It is also worth noting that it is Colombo’s right knee that is hurting. As a right tackle, Colombo uses his left knee more for balance and to push back in pass protection. Expect the aging veteran to return toward the pessimistic end of the 2-4 week timeline.
- Rookie fourth-rounder Akwasi Owusu-Ansah will get a chance to return punts and kickoffs in the Cowboys’ next preseason game.
This is a tremendous opportunity with Dez Bryant sidelined and no previous returner standing out. Bryan McCann did show some burst and comfortability last week on a punt return, but both jobs (punt and kick returner) are certainly up for grabs right now. Further, McCann is no lock to make the team.
- The Cowboys had a poor day of practice on Sunday.
Dallas Morning News notes that Colombo, Romo, and Austin all had sub-par days, but there are two ways to look at this. The other is that the defense is playing tremendously, which has certainly been the case through two preseason games. They have top-five potential, but the key will be forcing turnovers.
- Tight end Martellus Bennett isn’t happy with the media right now.
Bennett has brought a lot of it on himself, but it’s a really good sign that he appears to be transferring his anger into playing hard on the football field. He had a tremendous practice yesterday. Bennett is really quite vital to the Cowboys, even with the team likely to implement more three-receiver sets this season. His blocking ability is underrated to just about everyone except those within the organization (and Dallas Cowboys Times readers, of course).
The Cowboys have been practicing plays from the “Razorback” formation–their version of Wildcat.
Dallas will implement a new wrinkle this season with Felix Jones sweeping across the field for potential handoffs. This was only a matter of time, as Jones did the same quite frequently at Arkansas. I’ve explained before why I think the Cowboys should use more “Razorback” in 2010, particularly in short-yardage situations.
Most definitely, although there are certain things which can translate to the regular season. Mental errors, for example, should be limited no matter the time of year. Playcalling, on the other hand, is very “vanilla” right now and doesn’t really resemble what we will see in the regular season.