Is Terence Newman hurt?

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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IRVING, Texas -- Is cornerback Terence Newman hurt?

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hinted his veteran cornerback is nicked up as a possible reason why he wasn't on the field for a key third down in the first quarter of Sunday night's game versus the New York Giants.

Newman came out for Alan Ball on a third-and-7 from the Giants' 32-yard line. On the play, Eli Manning completed a 64-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks, who ran between Orlando Scandrick and Ball to catch the long pass. He was tackled at the Cowboys' 4-yard line.

"We were playing a 'bunch' coverage," Ryan said. "We didn’t execute the coverage the way it should be run. But we have corners who have been delicate cause of injuries. They are not delicate. They are [playing hard]. We got [guys] with hamstring. We got guys with shoulders. Most guys won't come out there. That is why there is so much substitution. It looks like hockey. Got guys coming in and out."

When asked if Newman is hurt, Ryan said, "I don’t know. He is playing as best he can."

Newman said he's healthy, and there are times he will come out of games because he has confidence in his teammates to make plays when he's not in the game.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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