As the Washington Redskins prepare for a huge game on Monday Night football against the rival Dallas Cowboys, we turn to a Cowboys expert to help us preview the game. We talked to KD Drummond, an editor for SB Nation Dallas and SB Nation's Cowboys blog Blogging the Boys, to give us the answers we seek.
SB Nation D.C.: First thing's first: how serious is Tony Romo's rib/lung injury and how much could it affect him on Monday night?
ESPN's Stephania Bell was on the radio with Brian Broaddus and suggested the punctured lung is of the minimalist variety. She suggested cabin pressure would have made a serious puncture diffiuclt to travel with. SB Nation's resident MD Dr. Ali has said that it will most likely be a pain management issue, a sentiment which was made public by owner Jerry Jones. We think he's going to shoot it up and give it a go, but it's still anybody's guess how he'll be able to perform. He showed up for practice on Thursday but didn't participant in any drills, and was limited in stretching.
Romo tried to return in the Giants game last year with a broken collarbone, so he's one tough hombre. The stage is certainly set to see more endless praise of his moxie.
SB Nation D.C.: What's the biggest non-Romo injury that could play a huge rule in Monday's game?
Felix Jones' dislocated shoulder would be next on the list, but the running back corps is deep. Kevin Kowalski played adequately against San Francisco in place of center Phil Costa. Now, Derrick Dockery is out and we might have to force David Arkin into duty. The offense is a complete mash unit right now.
Defensively, Orlando Scandrick is now the sole major contributor missing from a unit that is trending at the moment. Points determine wins and losses, but aren't always indicative of the performance. Rob Ryan's defense has been an extreme positive to this point of the season.
I will say that Rex Grossman doesn't get much respect from most fans, despite the statistics. Most view him as a turnover machine who happened to not get burned by them the first two weeks. I would say Dallas fans still view the Eagles as the major competition and feel that the Cowboys have more potential than Washington and New York, who would be graded equally.
But it's early in the season, and many things at the one-eighth mark of the season can be mirages.
KD Drummond: It does, especially with our fans 35 and older and the large contingent that live in the D.C. area (such as myself). But realistically, the Cowboys are 19-6 against the Redskins in the last 25 meetings. Losses are viewed as a failure on our part more and dismissed as taxes on numerous victories than anything Washington earns. Dan Snyder is viewed as a copy-cat, lesser version of Jerry Jones. Remember many, fans repeatedly voice their displeasure for our team's owner.
Mostly though, the Eagles are now the division's most hated, due to their long stretch at the top at the beginning of the decade. The hatred for all of the NFC East teams remain strong, but this week I think Cowboys fans have been more preoccupied with trying to track who will be available to suit up than to dive into the rivalry aspect of the game. I'd expect a completely different take on things should both teams be competitive for the November tilt.