Cowboys' third WR Hurd out for season-opener

August, 29, 2008
8/29/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd had an MRI on his injured ankle this morning, but at 2 p.m. ET, head coach Wade Phillips said he still didn't have the results. Now I'm not a doctor or a head coach in the NFL, but an MRI on what was believed to be a high ankle sprain suffered in Thursday's exhibition game would seem like a high priority.

Later in the afternoon, Cowboys P.R. director Rich Dalrymple stuck his head in the Cowboys media workroom and said that Hurd would indeed miss the season-opener against the Browns on Sept. 7. Wade has played fast and loose with injuries in the past, but there was really no reason to sit on Friday's test results. Not sure what he hoped to gain. And if he actually didn't know the results, that points to a larger issue. Did he simply expect Jason Garrett to handle the situation because he's the offensive coordinator?

All we know for sure is that the Cowboys are down to two quality wide receivers. Isaiah Stanback is talking about trying to gut out a shoulder injury, but I'm not sure how effective he'll be. And I don't see him coming back in time for the Cleveland game.

Basically, the Cowboys either have to sign someone that gets cut tomorrow or stick with Mike Jefferson as the third receiver. I can't imagine them going with the latter scenario.

Valley Ranch insider Bryan Broaddus, a former scout with the team, said on the radio today that he thinks former Texas Tech wide receiver Danny Amendola will be released Saturday.

It's probably too early to panic in Dallas, but the Cowboys have pretty much lost all their depth at wide receiver. Folks started bringing up Anquan Boldin's name again today, but NFC West blogger tells me he's 99 percent sure that's not going to happen. He thinks the Cardinals need Boldin too much to trade him.

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