ARLINGTON, Texas — We’re live at Cowboys Stadium and this place is as impressive as we were told before traveling down here.
(I’ll have more on the stadium later on.)
The news 95 minutes before kickoff is that Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will be inactive because of an ankle injury. The news was reported by the team’s flagship radio station’s Twitter feed.
With Haynesworth out, it is expected Kedric Golston will start and, for the first time this year, Anthony Montgomery will be active. He battled a knee injury early in the year but has been a healthy scratch for the last month.
Haynesworth is the only game-time decision among the starters. Stephon Heyer is expected to start at right tackle and Mike Williams will be a back up if he’s active.
Couple random notes from today’s DFW papers:
*The heat remains on Wade Phillips, whose contract expires after this year and owner Jerry Jones holds the option. The Cowboys will be in panic mode today with a loss.
*Dallas’ fans want a re-committment to the running game. The Cowboys passed on 26 of their final 27 snaps last week in Green Bay. Part of the problem is lack of first down production. Of the team’s 137 first-down runs this year, 59 have gone for 2 or fewer yards, including 14 for negative yards.
*Good stuff from Dallas Morning News NFL columnist Rick Gosselin, who basically says firing a coach mid-season like Buffalo did does nothing. Since the AFL was started in 1960, there have been 71 interim coaching changes and only one team made the playoffs — the first one (Wally Lemm in 1961 with Houston). The 70 coaches are 159-353-4 (.312). But Lemm was hired after the fourth game and they had won the championship the year before.
— Ryan O’Halloran