NFC East: Sean Morey

Update on McBriar's right leg

October, 13, 2008
10/13/08
2:07
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
McBriar
McBriar

If you saw the end of the Cowboys-Cardinals game Sunday, you witnessed a violent collision between Arizona's Sean Morey and the right leg of punter Mat McBriar.

McBriar had to be carted off the field, and he's on crutches at Valley Ranch today. He just sent me a text saying that he's awaiting the results of an MRI and will let us know when he finds out something.

OK, I'm thinking you guys might be interested in the other three teams in the division, too, so I'll see what I can dig up.

Podcast: Morey on his blocked punt

October, 13, 2008
10/13/08
12:08
PM ET
Sean Morey talks about his blocked punt that Monty Beisel picked up and ran into the end zone to beat Dallas in overtime.

Cowboys look lost in the desert

October, 13, 2008
10/13/08
12:31
AM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For a few frantic moments Sunday, the Cowboys made you forget how pedestrian they've become. Marion Barber's mad dash to the end zone and a 52-yard field goal by Nick Folk at the end of regulation temporarily covered up another unimpressive effort.

But with one blocked punt return for a touchdown, the Cardinals delivered a jolt of reality. Arizona won the game 30-24, and any other result would've been a crime after watching the Cardinals dominate the second half.

 
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 Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's solid numbers and high passer rating are misleading.

The Cowboys probably should've turned the ball over four times in the first half, but they only had one. The aerial assault on what had been rumored to be an outmanned Cardinals secondary never materialized, and Tony Romo spent most of the day checking down to Barber.

Romo somehow always ends up with 300 yards and three touchdowns, but don't be fooled by those numbers -- or his 113.3 passer rating. He fumbled the ball three times, and was fortunate to lose only one. The only thing that prevented him from giving up a touchdown in the first half was the tuck rule, which makes less sense every time I see it called.

In fairness to Romo, his Pro Bowl-laden offensive line was dominated by the Cardinals' defensive line. Left tackle Flozell Adams offered little resistance as defensive ends Bertrand Berry and Antonio Smith raced past him. I've documented almost every Romo start since 2006, and I've never seen him take that much punishment. People want to ask where all the enthusiasm and child-like joy has gone. Well, getting hit in the mouth every other play isn't a particularly enjoyable experience.

Romo showed up to his news conference with a heavily bandaged right throwing hand. According to the Cowboys, he sprained his right pinky finger. And considering the punishment he took Sunday, he may have gotten off easy. Romo made an interesting statement when asked about the constant pressure he faced.

"I think there's a couple of things we've got to do to counteract ... one of our formations I think some of the teams are kind of getting a bead on," said Romo. "We'll rectify that this week and hopefully learn from it."

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