Cowboys can learn from Giants

October, 26, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Leave it to Jerry Jones to give himself some wiggle room on whether the Cowboys are a team that can contend for a Super Bowl.

Mind you, Jones' definition of contending for a Super Bowl is simply making the playoffs, which is something those who scoff at Jones' comment often miss. But Wednesday, he reminded everybody that there was a caveat to his belief in his team: injuries.

"Healthwise, injury can make a difference and does in the NFL," Jones said.

So the Cowboys lose Sean Lee for the season because of a toe injury, and Jones brings out the injury card? Oh, DeMarco Murray will likely miss his second straight game Sunday against the New York Giants with a foot injury. Felix Jones has a bruised knee. DeMarcus Ware hasn't practiced for two days because he's sick. Other guys are banged up, too.

Jones did not wave the white flag, but he at least gave the team an out if a 3-3 record turns into a disaster.

Jones' comment is an indictment on how he constructed the roster because players get hurt, but good teams can lose good players -- even as good as Lee -- and still win big.

All Jones has to do is look down from his private perch inside Cowboys Stadium on Sunday and see the Giants.

Read the rest here.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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