Injuries should keep Kevin Ogletree in lineup
September, 19, 2011
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas -- Kevin Ogletree would seem to be in position to start his second straight game Sunday vs. Washington with Miles Austin tweaking a hamstring injury Sunday at San Francisco and Dez Bryant coming back from a bruised quadriceps suffered in the season opener.
“Obviously we want our best player in our unit, Miles, and our second best player, Dez, to be in there,” Ogletree said, “but when they’re not able to go we’ve got vets that can step up. That’s our jobs as backups.”
Ogletree caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 17-yarder in the fourth quarter that led to Austin’s 25-yard touchdown grab.
By the end of Sunday’s game Ogletree was the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver.
“It was great,” he said of playing the most snaps he has had since college. “It was great for my conditioning, great for my experience. Just a whole good deal in all, especially with the win. I just did what I could to help my team out.”
Ogletree could be receiving a fine letter from the NFL for a third-quarter face mask penalty on a 33-yard gain. In retrospect Ogletree wished he would have run away from cornerback Tarell Brown instead of initiating the stiff arm.
“I think it was a discretion call,” Ogletree said. “I don’t think I yanked him down.”