Are the Cowboys gambling at safety?

September, 27, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys will go into Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears with two healthy safeties on their 53-man roster -- and one of them has only been with the team two days.

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Coach Jason Garrett said it's not safe to assume Gerald Sensabaugh will be able to play against the Bears after missing last week’s game vs. Tampa Bay because of a right calf strain.

“We’re hopeful that he can get some work done in practice today and see how he progresses as the week goes on,” Garrett said.

Maybe Garrett is using a little bit of gamesmanship to keep the Bears off guard or maybe he’s being truthful. If it’s the latter, then the Cowboys made a gamble in cutting Mana Silva to make room for punter Brian Moorman.

The Cowboys gambled last week when they cut cornerback Mario Butler, who can play safety, to promote linebacker Orie Lemon to the active roster. It nearly burned them when Church tore his Achilles but Tampa Bay’s passing offense was incredibly inept.

Silva did not start a game, but he did close the last two games because of injuries to Sensabaugh and Barry Church. Eric Frampton was signed Tuesday and will be force fed the defense, but he’s never been more than a special teams’ player in his career.

If you want to read more into the roster shakeup, then look for more Brandon Carr at safety Monday against Chicago in the nickel defense, like he did against the Buccaneers.

“We feel good about the combinations we have back there and the options available to us,” Garrett said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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