Most fans on this website are true die-hards, so they’ve known about the explosiveness that is Lance Dunbar since he first made the practice squad last year. On Thanksgiving, however, people all over the league took notice of the 5’8 North Texas product. Sadly, his debut was cut short, as he suffered a knee injury late in the game which will require surgery – thus ending his season.
Injuries are too familiar of a thing for Cowboys fans. We’ve been without 2013 Pro Bowler Anthony Spencer, who only played in one game before aggravating an injury and landing on IR, and have gone stretches missing the likes of Sean Lee and DeMarco Murray. While the absence of such leaders has certainly hurt this team, it’s the loss of depth which truly twists the knife.
Consider that Dunbar joins a list of primary reserves to suffer season-ending injuries. 2012 3rd round pick Tyrone Crawford – pegged as the back-up to DeMarcus Ware, was lost in the first week of the pre-season. Texas A&M product Ben Bass might have joined Crawford on the other side of the line, as the undrafted free agent was really turning some heads in the pre-season. Unfortunately, he separated his shoulder during a practice in early September.
While these losses might have crippled other teams, the Cowboys scouting department once again showed off their talent, as they filled in these glaring holes quite impressively (see George Selvie, Nick Hayden). So what are the ‘Boys to do about Dunbar?
At the time of this post, he has not been placed on Injured Reserved. Once he is, a roster spot will free up. While it seems logical that a speedy running back would be added (oh please bring back Kendial Lawrence!), Dallas may look to rely on Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner to back up Murray, while addressing other needs on the team. Nnamdi Asomugha, anyone?
In any event, the loss of Lance Dunbar will surely hurt the Dallas Cowboys offense, and it’s once again a gut-punch to fans everywhere. That being said, those same fans should have faith in the executives to find some real talent. Updates on this topic will be posted as they emerge.