Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys
By Todd Archer
SAN DIEGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys' 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Momentum lost: The Cowboys felt like they were ready to turn a corner after last week’s win against St. Louis, but they were unable to come up with back-to-back wins when they could have kept separation in an NFC East that is there for the taking.
“It’s frustrating,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “We want to be a consistent team that wins week in and week out, and we haven’t been for two years. And right now we’re not. We’re an average football team. Until we start winning consistently that’s what we’re going to be.”
Missing an option: Rookie Terrance Williams took over Miles Austin’s role as the No. 2 receiver and finished with seven catches for 71 yards, surpassing what had been his season totals in catches and yards, but he had a drop in the first quarter and a fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter.
Austin did not play because of a hamstring injury, and it’s not known when he will be back, even though Jason Garrett said the injury was not as severe as some of the strains Austin has suffered in the past.
“Miles is a great football player,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “Whenever you don’t have him, it’s always going to be tougher. Saying that, it’s a part of the game. Miles knows that. Same thing when I got hurt. You’ve got to be able to find a way to win football games.”
Another injury for Ware: DeMarcus Ware has been bothered by stingers through the early part of the season, but that wasn’t an issue for him Sunday. A back strain was.
Ware said he pulled a muscle in his back in the first series of the game, and was in and out of the lineup for most of the game. He was held without a sack despite an inexperienced defensive line. He said he would not need an MRI for the injury.
“A little bit,” Ware said when asked how much it affected his play, “but if you get out there, you’ve got to play and do what you’ve got to do.”