IRVING, Texas —
Now the question is whether these Cowboys will be remembered for perseverance or another failure.
“I think we’ll probably remember it for both of those things,” Garrett said. “These players and coaches went through a lot this year, overcame a lot of adversity, handled things the right way, got stronger as a result of it and that’s really a special thing to be a part of.”
Injuries picked part the Dallas defense most of the season, but it was the offense’s turn against the Redskins. Receivers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Dwayne Harris were sidelined at various times, and Bryant spent the night in a hospital after injuring his back late in the game.
Bryant, who had a breakout season with 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, was moving gingerly on crutches at team headquarters Monday. Austin and Harris had sprained ankles.
The defense, which gave up 200 yards rushing to Washington rookie Alfred Morris, will eagerly await the return of inside linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, along with three other starters who missed significant time. Several waiver wire pickups played plenty of snaps late in the season.
“Eventually, we’re going to get this thing right,” said cornerback Brandon Carr, who signed a $50 million free agent contract this year. “This offseason is going to be turned up a few more notches than last offseason. I don’t accept losing and none of the guys in this locker room accepts losing and we’re tired of this feeling.”
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