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Friday, January 10, 2014
Mike Woicik probably will return

By Calvin Watkins

The Cowboys lost 77 games to injuries in 2013, including 23 to hamstring injuries.

Among the key players lost to injuries were DeMarco Murray (two games), Sean Lee (five games), Morris Claiborne (five games), DeMarcus Ware (three games), Justin Durant (six games) and Miles Austin (five games).

The man in charge of getting players back from injuries and keeping them healthy was Mike Woicik, the strength and conditioning coach, who just finished his 24th NFL season. Woicik has been a part of six Super Bowl title teams.

According to a source, Woicik's return is probably certain for a 25th NFL season, barring a sudden change.

However, Woicik was under fire for the numerous hamstring problems the Cowboys encountered. Coach Jason Garrett is loyal to Woicik and said the conditioning staff was doing everything it could to solve the problem.

Several Cowboys players also dealt with back issues, including Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Ware.

During the season, the Cowboys reviewed how much running was done in practice, and the type of stretching and eating habits of players.

"We look at all those things, all the time," Woicik told ESPN Dallas in December. "Trainers, strength coaches always look at that. We're always looking for new ways that we can try to prevent it, but we don’t have all the answers."

The Cowboys could make a change once the coaching staff returns from a week off next week, but as of now, Woicik is returning.