Posted by Will Brinson
The two most interesting things to come out of the Cowboys loss to the Jets this past Sunday were 1) Dez Bryant is an absolute monster and 2) the Dallas secondary isn't as bad as we thought.
We think -- Dallas' defensive backs will need to step it up again this weekend, as Terrence Newman will miss Week 2 as well, Jerry Jones said, according to our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman.
"He would go if we asked him to go," Jones said. "We're using experience we've had with him. In this particular case, if we hadn't had this similar injury before, we'd probably have him out there for the San Francisco game."
That "similar injury" is the hamstring injury that Newman suffered through during 2008, when he played in just 10 games. Jones also noted that "if this were the Super Bowl," Newman would be on the field. (He declined, however, to point out that "there's zero chance Alex Smith will ever play in a Super Bowl" which is kind of why Newman will sit.)
"Terence has to have it just right. It isn’t just right," Jones said. "Hopefully it will be there next week."
Additionally, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick didn't practice on Wednesday, so there's a chance Dallas' secondary is severely limited on Sunday. But, hey, there's some good news: Dez Bryant is supposed to play, despite missing Thursday's practice with a thigh bruise.
"Dez is a guy that, certainly, we want him to get everything he can get," Jones said. "But certainly he's capable of making game-winning plays for us without that rep. And so, while we want him to evolve and do the things you want him to do with experience, if he's healthy, he's valuable to us."
Extremely valuable -- Bryant showed precisely what he's capable of against the Jets on Sunday night and if he can stay healthy, he appears poised to make a leap into the elite level of wide receivers in the near future.
Given that his "injury" is really more about getting him rest and making sure he's ready to roll for the game against the 49ers, it seems safe to say he'll play, especially since Jones told Eatman that he "expects" Dez to be ready to go come game time.
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