Injury roundup: Cowboys get o-line help

The Cowboys offensive line will get a boost with the return of linemen Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier. And not a moment too soon, facing Bears DE Julius Peppers this week, too.

Obviously you do not get fantasy points for offensive linemen, but anybody who had a touchdown pass from Tony Romo taken away at the end of Sunday night’s game because of a penalty knows how big of an impact the line makes on fantasy.

And really, if you just looked at the Cowboys play calling against Washington, you see what the offensive line did there. Romo was forced to throw a bunch of screens because the line just could not keep the Redskins defensive line away.

The Cowboys should be more dynamic on offense. WR Miles Austin should be in line for another big game. WR Dez Bryant could be a star if Romo keeps targeting him. And the running backs? Well, nobody knows what is going on with the running backs. But if any of them are going to be successful, it is going to start with the line.

Here are some other interesting notes from the injury report.

  • Cardinals RB Beanie Wells is still questionable because of a knee injury. Tim Hightower continues to be the starter, despite Wells’ presence. But how many fumbles is Hightower going to get away with before the team starts looking at LaRod Stephens-Howling who was good in limited attempts.
  • Stop me if you have heard this one before, TE Todd Heap is nursing a shoulder injury. Heap staying healthy is like sunshine in Seattle, you just can never count on it. But T.J. Houshmandzadeh should get more comfortable in the offense this week.
  • Is old age catching up with the Redskins. DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle), QB Donovan McNabb (ankle) and RB Clinton Portis (wrist) are all questionable this week. The good news is that Portis was able to avoid serious injury when he stuck his foot in his mouth this week.
  • Jets QB Darrelle Revis tweaked his hamstring. Revis is probable, but will that tweak make him susceptible to being beaten by slouches such as Patriots WR Randy Moss?
  • Raiders RB Michael Bush is questionable again with a thumb injury. Which seems more improbable … the Raiders starting the season 1-1 (they are playing St. Louis) or Darren McFadden posting back-to-back great games?
  • Panthers QB Matt Moore is probable (concussion). Amazing, how quickly quarterbacks can recover from concussions (looking at you Kevin Kolb) when you consider who the backup quarterback is.
  • Speaking of offensive line injuries, Steelers T Max Starks is out with an ankle injury. The Steelers have a limited passing game with QB Dennis Dixon, but will this offensive line injury hurt the Steelers rushing attack?
  • Browns QB Jake Delhomme is doubtful with an ankle injury. Seneca Wallace gets the start. Well, he cannot make worse decisions than Delhomme, so he has that going for him.

Adam Rank

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