Cowboys' team physician honored

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys medical staff received another honor when the team’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dan Cooper, was named the winner of the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award, which is given to the outstanding NFL team physician.

Associate athletic trainer Britt Brown was named the NFC’s assistant trainer of the year.

The awards are selected by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. Rhea was the head athletic trainer in Atlanta from 1969-94.

Dr. Cooper has been the Cowboys’ head physician for the last 13 years since joining the organization in 1992.

The Cowboys had 11 players end the year on injured reserve, including starters Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Barry Church and Phil Costa. Jay Ratliff wasn’t placed on injured reserve but was limited to six games because of ankle and groin injuries. Jason Witten opened the season with a lacerated spleen.