DALLAS,TX (RUSHPRNEWS) AUGUST 29, 2008–Sam Hurd, the team’s No. 3 wideout, (WHY WAS HE PLAYING???) left the locker room wearing a protective boot on his left foot Thursday night after getting hurt in the Cowboys’ 16-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in their preseason finale. “That is a real concern, certainly,” said coach Wade Phillips, who described Hurd’s injury as a high ankle sprain. “That was the downer to the game.” Receivers Miles Austin (sprained right knee) and Isaiah Stanback (dislocated shoulder) were already out with injuries, Austin could be out another month after getting hurt covering a kickoff two weeks ago in Denver, and Stanback was hurt returning a kick in the last game.
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Â The Cowboys 2nd and 3rd stringers got the turnovers and penalties under control last night.
The Cowboys acquired guard Montrae Holland from Denver for a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. Holland started all 16 games for the Broncos last season and has started 46 of 68 games in his five-year career. It’s possible Holland starts the season opener in Cleveland. “We think to come in there and get a guy who started and has as much experience as he has is an opportunity for us when we look initially at our backup situation,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We don’t have those kinds of starters on the team. That was a plus for us.” The 6-2, 322-pound veteran has considerably more experience than any of the three backups angling for Kosier’s spot.
Felix gets action early: Rookie Felix Jones got plenty of work on the Cowboys’ first possession. He had four carries for 14 yards and two receptions for 5 yards. One of those catches was an impressive one-handed grab while off-balance. Jones gave way to third-string running back Tashard Choice on the Cowboys’ next possession. On his first carry, Choice dashed off left tackle for an 11-yard touchdown. Choice finished with six carries for 21 yards.
Hard Knocks star and fan favorite Danny Amendola played the entire game. The rookie from Texas Tech had two catches for 17 yards. He also averaged 9 yards on four punt returns. The injury situation at receiver may affect Amendola’s chances of making the final 53-man roster. “I don’t know. I really don’t have a clue,” Amendola said. “All I know is that I don’t have any regrets. I can sleep easy at night.” Rodney Hannah and Amendola’s false starts were the Cowboys’ only two penalties of the game.
Briefly: Safety Patrick Watkins suffered a shoulder stinger when he hammered Jeff Dugan after an 11-yard catch.
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