Injuries not helping Rob Ryan's defense

November, 30, 2012
11/30/12
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IRVING, Texas – Rob Ryan has been a coach in the NFL long enough to understand injuries are a part of the game, but he keeps his pity party away from ear shot when looking at all of the injuries to the Cowboys defense this season.

“I do that at home but nowhere else,” Ryan said. “It gets a little upsetting, it does. That’s just being realistic. It says four guys out but it’s always six or seven. All of these guys have roles and it gets a little annoying. But that’s the way it is. We’re not making excuses. We want to win football games.”

The Cowboys have lost four starters to injured reserve: Barry Church, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Kenyon Coleman. The Cowboys never got a chance to see rookie Matt Johnson because of hamstring injuries. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick’s season is effectively over because of hand surgery. Jay Ratliff is looking at missing his sixth game of the season with ankle and groin injuries. Mike Jenkins has missed three games because of shoulder and back injuries. Anthony Spencer missed two games earlier this season. Sean Lissemore has missed six games but will return Sunday. Safety Charlie Peprah is looking at a 2-3 week absence because of a foot injury.

“These injuries, they keep mounting up and we’re going to play with who we’ve got,” Ryan said. “We’d love to have Jay back. We’d love to have Charlie back. But it is what it is. It doesn’t help (complaining) about injuries and crying about it doesn’t help us. We’re just going to go on. We’ve got good players and they’re going to play.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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