Sunday, December 8, 2013
Ponder the 46: Can Clutts get on the field?
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Now that fullback Tyler Clutts is here to save the Dallas Cowboys running game, can he get on the game-day roster?
Let's take a look as we Ponder the 46 for Monday's game against the Chicago Bears.
First, let's go with the knowns: Darrion Weems and Jakar Hamilton will be inactive. A hamstring injury will keep Morris Claiborne out. The returns of Sean Lee and Justin Durant will give the Cowboys extra linebackers, so Orie Lemon and DeVonte Holloman are the top picks to be inactive.
Dwayne Harris is officially questionable and was limited in Saturday's practice. If he plays, the Cowboys might have no choice but to make Clutts inactive. The Cowboys have been conservative with hamstring injuries all year, so maybe they give Harris another week to feel better.
That brings us down to the defensive line. The Cowboys have nine of them. Can they dress them all? Sure, but then you have to find another spot to go lighter. Perhaps they go lighter at defensive back, which would put Sterling Moore in the conversation, but with Claiborne out, they need another cornerback.
The Cowboys are heavy with ends. Martez Wilson is the newcomer but he played against the Raiders with little practice. The Cowboys like his pass rush. Jarius Wynn and Everette Brown have been quiet the last few games, but know the system better.
So with that, here's the guess at the inactives: Weems, Hamilton, Claiborne, Harris, Lemon, Holloman and Wynn.