Cowboys hamstrung again by injury

OXNARD, Calif. – Second-year tight end James Hanna did not take part in Monday’s walkthrough because of a hamstring injury.

“We don’t think his injury is really, really significant,” coach Jason Garrett said, “and he’ll be back soon enough.”

On the face of it, Hanna’s hamstring injury is not that much of a concern. Maybe he will practice in a day or two and it will be a short absence.

But it’s another hamstring injury. Hanna joins Jay Ratliff and Mackenzy Bernadeau on the list of players with strained hamstring. And those get added on to the guys who had troubles with hamstring injuries last year, like Matt Johnson, whose rookie season was a washout largely because of two hamstring injuries. Miles Austin has had hamstring strains the two previous seasons, even if he did not miss a game.

There have been more hamstring injuries as well.

Garrett does not view the hamstring issues as an epidemic, but he said the team has looked at how many other teams have suffered to get a comparison. On the teams he has been on Garrett said hamstring injuries are “probably the No. 1 injury people have. There’s a lot of running going on in football.”

“You’re always evaluating that, evaluating all parts of your strength and conditioning program,” Garrett said. “We’ve looked at injury reports and, ‘Could we prevent this one? Could we prevent that one? What can we do better?' That’s something Coach (Mike) Woicik and his crew are always talking about and thinking about better ways to do things, and hopefully those numbers will be minimized the best we can.”