The Dallas Cowboys immediately got back to business roughly 24 hours after their victory over Miami. They did a walkthrough and on-field activities Monday in preparation for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Carolina Panthers.
Given the short time frame, the Cowboys will have to set a good game plan as quickly as possible and keep their minds focused. The team’s next opponent will put them to the test since the Carolina Panthers remain undefeated with 10 wins this season.
Head coach Jason Garrett wants the team to do better and play harder. He’s hoping they can make it right this time since their Thanksgiving game last year turned out to be very disappointing. The Cowboys are trying to fit their seven-day workload into three days which means that they’ll be spending more time on team drills than usual.
Notwithstanding his leg injury, CB Byron Jones participated in their Monday practice. The 23-year-old defensive back now realizes how critical it is to handle a cornerback position since he had been playing as safety during his rookie season. It was just last week that Jones was called on to take over the duties of veteran corner Morris Claiborne, who had to sit out due to a hamstring injury. Despite Byron’s unlucky errors during their Week 11 game, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones acknowledges his hard work and even declared that Byron has actually exceeded their expectations.
In the latest injury report, Dallas has more injured players than Carolina. Tony Romo and fourteen others are currently on the list and two of these injured participants, Ryan Russell (abdomen) and Morris Claiborne (hamstring/ankle), have been ruled out for Thursday’s tilt with the Panthers. On the other hand, Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Amini Silatolu will not be able to play due to a torn ACL in his left knee while WR Corey Brown and CB Charles Tillman’s game status are both uncertain.
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is aware of how threatening Carolina’s defense can be and he’s trying to figure out the best strategy he can use to get past them successfully. With the powerful combination of Panther’s coaching techniques, talent and determination, the quarterback knows he must be better than everyone else in their squad and that he should play his best football in order to outpace their rivals.
The clash between the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers is about to begin. Will the Cowboys come up with a win this week?