Cowboys try to solve injury issues

March, 25, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Dallas Cowboys had 12 players listed on their injury report because of hamstring injuries in 2013. In the season's final five weeks, the Cowboys lost starters Tony Romo, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Morris Claiborne and main returner Dwayne Harris to a variety of injuries.

Cowboys officials would like to solve the injury bug, though you can't predict when they may happen.

"We've looked at it not only through our viewpoint but from a league standpoint," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "And I think there are some issues in the fact that the clubs, with the new work rules, we get our hands on these guys a lot later now."

The new collective bargaining agreement gives players more time away from the facility during the offseason where they conduct their own types of workouts, which in some cases doesn't jive with the teams.

However, the Cowboys were frustrated with the hamstring injuries Miles Austin suffered last season and they shut him down for three weeks to recover.

Yet, there were other injuries; a quad that cost DeMarcus Ware three games (the first missed games of his career), a stinger to Jason Hatcher and Claiborne's own recovery from a hamstring injury that irked team officials because they were working hard to solve the problems.

"In the little bit of time you like to have them, in a competition strength and conditioning program before they start having their OTAs and minicamps," Jones said. "Obviously that window is shortened. We're trying to figure out (what to do). These guys need to do more work and get themselves prepared for the OTAs and minicamps."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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