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Random thoughts on the Cowboys

Here are a few thoughts about the Cowboys as the weekend comes to a close:

1. Giants safety Chad Jones, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, was severely hurt in a car crash over the weekend. He will not play this season and his career is in serious doubt. It's the second major injury regarding the Cowboys' NFC East rivals this offseason. Wide receiver/kick returner Domenik Hixon will miss the season as well after tearing his ACL during an offseason workout at the new stadium.

2. Safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah missed the entire offseason work while he recovered from a shoulder injury. The Cowboys like his smarts and ball skills and believe he can help out at corner if necessary because that's what he played in college. But the Cowboys need to see him on the field to get a better evaulation of him. Owusu-Ansah can become a game-day active player if he performs well as a kick returner. Secondary coach Dave Campo said special teams is a major way he can play every week.

3. It's funny how Terrell Owens can't get a job. After the Cowboys released him, the Bills signed him to a one-year deal. When the season ended, few teams reached out to Owens. It's not so much because he's a locker room issue; he might not have it anymore. In his last year with the Cowboys, he didn't seem to have that burst coming out of breaks, and he was never the best route runner in the world anyway. Maybe from a physical standpoint he's done. Much like Joe Horn, who was hoping the Cowboys or some other team would sign him a few years ago. But Horn retired, knowing his career was over.

4. It's easy to take shots at running back Marion Barber. He still hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards in his career, yet he rushed for 203 yards the first two weeks of the season before he got hurt in that Week 2 loss to the Giants. The injury clearly bothered him, but it seemed to improve as the season wore on. He rushed for 99 yards vs. Washington on Nov. 22, then 61 the following game against Oakland. In the last three weeks of the season he gained, 62, 63 and 91 yards before hurting his knee in the regular-season finale. The pounding Barber takes has probably taken its toll, but he did play well at times last year.

5. The Cowboys need to force more turnovers. They went four games without getting one last season. However, the last five weeks of the season the Cowboys forced eight turnovers, resulting in 20 points. At the top of the list in forcing turnovers was nose tackle Jay Ratliff who recovered three fumbles down the stretch. Also, cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman each had two interceptions.