Monday, December 31, 2012
Cowboys' WR corps thinned out at end
By Todd Archer
LANDOVER, Md. -- Dwayne Harris limped out of FedEx Field with a sprained left ankle suffered on his final kick return of the night, leaving the Cowboys’ receiver corps thinner than thin.
Harris’ injury left the Cowboys with two healthy receivers in Kevin Ogletree and Cole Beasley for their final drive with Miles Austin out with a high ankle sprain and Dez Bryant out with back spasms.
Had the Cowboys won, the availability of Austin and Bryant for a wild-card round would have been dubious at best.
Ogletree caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Tony Romo, and Harris made the subsequent two-point conversion to cut the Redskins’ lead to 21-18.
“We’ve got guys who can step up, you’ve seen that,” Harris said. “KO made that big play in the red zone and I made a good play on the two-point conversion. We had guys step up when guys go down. We didn’t really lose a step.”
That’s debatable, but Harris continued his fine run of play to close the season.
He caught one pass for 25 yards in addition to the two-point conversion. He also averaged 18.3 yards per punt return with a long of 39 that set up Ogletree’s touchdown.
“I just give all the praise for the guys blocking for me,” Harris said. “They do a great job for me. All I do is catch and run it.”