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Cowboys keep medical staff busy

When the Cowboys' season ended, they had 11 players on injured reserve and rookie safety Matt Johnson on the reserve/injured returnable list.

Rookie wide receiver Danny Coale was on the practice squad reserve/injured list.

It was a busy year for the Cowboys' medical staff.

One of the lasting images of the season was strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik trying to loosen up the back of wide receiver Dez Bryant, who suffered severe back spasms in the regular season finale at Washington. Bryant had to leave the stadium in a wheelchair.

Quarterback Tony Romo walked out of Washington with a fractured rib. Several other players left the stadium needing crutches to get to the team bus.

Several players, including wide receiver Miles Austin and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, had to deal with hamstring issues off and on.

Woicik and his staff stretched out some players individually before the team stretching period. The staff did everything they could to get players ready to play. Austin seems to always be battling hamstring problems, and Johnson was only able to practice a handful of times because of his hamstring and ended up hurting his back while rehabbing.

"You have to evaluate what the injuries are and if there is any correlation to your strength and conditioning program," coach Jason Garrett said.

Woicik is considered one of the best in the NFL. He's been a part of six Super Bowl-winning teams, including three with the Cowboys in the 1990s.

"I think you have evaluate them one by one and see if there is anything we could have done differently in terms of practicing, offseason program, anything like that," Garrett said. "A lot of that just seemed to be those kinds of injuries that happens over the course of a season in the NFL."