That means running back David Johnson, who stole the show for the Cardinals in 2016, won’t see the field either. He rushed for 1,239 and 16 touchdowns, the second-highest in the league. He showed how dominant he can be as a receiving back, hauling in 80 passes for 879 yards and four scores.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Cowboys decided not to trot out Prescott, Elliott, and the other starters, either. But fans should still tune in to watch rookies like Charlton, Awuzie, Lewis, Reddick, Baker.
Charlton is a massive defensive end with speed and pass-rushing moves. The Cowboys will need his skill set to help generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Awuzie and Lewis are press corners who can play in man coverage, which should help the Cowboys’ passing defense that ranked 26th last season.
In Jason Taylor’s 15-year NFL career, he played 20 games against the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. He sacked Brady 12.5 times and certainly earned the quarterback’s respect.
The tents made their NFL debut in the 2017 Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.
The NFL officially adopted the practice back in May at the league’s spring meetings.
It’s an opportunity for us to have a better examination because it will ensure privacy for a short period of time, so doctors can go ahead and make the appropriate diagnosis, commissioner Roger Goodell said in May.
While these tents won’t solve the league’s concussion crisis, they will aid doctors and staffers while providing players with the dignity of an evaluation away from prying eyes. Early diagnosis is a major factor in preventing the future injuries that can derail careers and lives. An environment that provides fewer distractions and more latitude for on-the-spot evaluations is a step in the right direction albeit a small one.