Bad luck continues for rookie Matt Johnson

August, 26, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas – The high hopes the Cowboys had for fourth-round pick Matt Johnson continue to be dashed because of the safety’s health.

Limited to one minicamp practice in the offseason because of league rules, Johnson was held out of most of training camp because of a hamstring injury. He made his preseason debut Saturday vs. St. Louis and was unable to finish the game because of a hamstring injury to his other leg.

“I felt it on the first play and I thought to myself that it’s not a hamstring,” Johnson said. “I just didn’t want to believe it and it kept getting worse.”

Johnson played a few snaps in the second half and was expected to get a lot of time in Wednesday’s preseason finale vs. Miami. Now there’s a question of when he will be healthy again.

“Really disappointing, I don’t know what else to say about it,” said Johnson, who would have had a chance to compete for a starting spot if he'd been healthy. “I try to believe everything happens for a reason but it’s hard to see why it keeps happening. I’ve tried to do everything right rehab-wise and diet-wise and strengthening it and then the other one happens. We’ll just get on top if it and get it healthy as soon as I can.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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