Dallas Cowboys: Chris Greenwood

Cowboys LB Justin Durant active

October, 13, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys strongside linebacker Justin Durant is active for Sunday night's game against the Washington Redskins after missing last week’s game with a groin injury.

Durant did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and was limited on Friday, which could mean Ernie Sims takes the bulk of the snaps. Bruce Carter will return to his first-team base and nickel defense role after splitting reps in the sub package last week.

The Cowboys have seven linebackers active with Cameron Lawrence getting called up from the practice squad on Friday.

Running back Lance Dunbar, cornerback Chris Greenwood, defensive end Edgar Jones, guard David Arkin, center Phil Costa, tackle Darrion Weems and tight end Andre Smith are inactive.

With Costa out, linebacker Kyle Bosworth will serve as the short-yardage and goal-line fullback if the Cowboys go that route.

Pondering the 46: All 5 WRs active

October, 12, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- For only the second time this season the Dallas Cowboys will activate five wide receivers with Miles Austin's return from a two-game absence due to a hamstring strain.

The decision was made somewhat easier by the hamstring injury that will keep running back Lance Dunbar out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but with the evolution of the offense the Cowboys could figure to go in this direction even if all of the backs are healthy.

As we Ponder the 46 for the Redskins game, the decisions come down to health and reliability. The defensive line needs help if not numbers, but with Justin Durant questionable and Edgar Jones out, Cameron Lawrence, newly added from the practice squad, will be active.

Would the Cowboys rather carry nine defensive linemen (David Carter or Caesar Rayford) or eight offensive linemen (Phil Costa)? They got little from either of the defensive linemen against the Denver Broncos, but with Jason Hatcher battling a stinger and Jones out it might make more sense to keep a defender up over Costa.

So the inactives should be: Jones, Dunbar, Andre Smith, David Arkin, Costa, Darrion Weems and Chris Greenwood.

Pondering the 46: Heavy on D again?

October, 5, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Injuries play a big part in figuring out the Dallas Cowboys' 46-man roster for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, so there’s not much to ponder.

Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), linebacker Justin Durant (groin) and defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) are listed as doubtful, but Austin and Durant did not practice all week and Jones took part in only a limited part of Wednesday’s practice.

Add in the three offensive linemen the Cowboys had inactive last week -- David Arkin, Phil Costa and Darrion Weems -- and you’re down to one spot between four positions.

Last week the Cowboys decided to keep all four running backs active for the first time this season even though Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle did not see any offensive action.

To me the last spots come down two of the following three: a fourth running back, a fourth tight end, a fifth cornerback or an eighth defensive lineman.

With Jones down, then it makes more sense to go with Caesar Rayford in order to get pressure on Peyton Manning or Chris Greenwood at cornerback than a fourth running back, which would put Randle and Tanner in the cross hairs, or tight end Andre Smith.

I have not had a good average in picking the inactives this year, but I’ll go with Austin, Durant, Jones, Arkin, Costa, Weems and Smith