DALLAS – Dorance Armstrong says that is what backup players always work for: to be ready when the opportunity comes to help his team and show himself in the NFL and his turn came in 2021 with the Dallas Cowboys.
“The guys have worked for a moment like this,” said Armstrong, who plays defensive end. “It’s a shame that this happened with these guys that we don’t have right now (DeMarcus and Randy), but they’ll come back and we’re going to keep things going until they’re back.”
Armstrong will start the game against the Los Angeles Chargers as the starter, replacing DeMarcus Lawrence, who suffered a broken foot and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Armstrong said he knows the responsibility is great, because the opposite side’s starting defensive end, Randy Gregory, who is on the reserve / COVID-19 list, is very likely unavailable. If he did not play, Gregory would be replaced by Tarrel Basham.
“Dorance has done an excellent job,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “Basham is back. He was out at camp for a while with his ankle problem, but he’s fine now.
“We also have youngsters Bradlee Anae and Azur Kamara, so we will just continue the work with the rotation and there are some situational things in the game plan that we will do,” he added.
Armstrong has been a backup on the defensive line since coming to the NFL as a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft, and Basham was signed as a free agent this year.
Elliott’s lockdown work applauded
Quarterback Dak Prescott said that thanks to Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys were able to seek victory until the end of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Prescott backed his running back, who had pointed out that his job goes far beyond just the number of runs and rushing yards at the end of each game and that a complete running back should prioritize blocking.
“If you put the video on, you’ll see that if it weren’t for a lot of those ‘Zeke’ blocks, we wouldn’t have been in the game,” Prescott said. “There are a lot of ways it helps this offense and it means a lot.”
Following the victory over the Cowboys, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians highlighted Elliott’s ability to recognize defensive maneuvers and block them.
Injured list increases in Dallas
The Cowboys disabled list has a new member: Damontae Kazee.
The safety appeared with limited participation in practice, according to the official list that the team sent to the league on Thursday and in which DeMarcus Lawrence already appeared on the official disabled list.
Donovan Wilson missed training for the second day in a row because of a torn groin that has bothered him since preseason practice.
Former Cowboys player and now defensive line assistant Leon Lett suffered a torn right quadriceps tendon in training Wednesday and will not travel with the team to Los Angeles for the game against the Chargers.