Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Dallas Cowboys [Print without images]

Friday, August 12, 2011
Tackle was Lonyae Miller's lone highlight

By Tim MacMahon

ARLINGTON, Texas – Running back Lonyae Miller made a significant positive impact in the Cowboys’ victorious preseason opener.

Just not exactly the way he wanted.

His tackle on Perrish Cox’s interception return in the first half ended up being a four-point play. Miller stopped Cox at the 7-yard line, giving the Dallas defense the opportunity to hold the Broncos to a field goal.

“Had that interception went for six, we would have been down at the end of the game and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to win,” Miller said after the Cowboys’ 24-23 win. “I feel like me making that play definitely helped us out a lot.”

Things didn’t go so well when Miller was the man getting tackled.

After two impressive weeks at the Alamodome, Miller never got in a rhythm against the Denver defense, primarily running behind the second-team offensive line. He gained only 11 yards on nine carries.

“They were doing some things on defense that we hadn’t seen, and things were opening up slow,” said Miller, a second-year player competing to be the third running back on the roster. “You’ve got to be patient as a runner. Sometimes you’re going to hit the home run and sometimes you’re not.”

Miller didn’t come close to a home run in the preseason opener. His highlight Thursday night was a catch on the warning track.