When the story eventually gets told of things the Dallas Cowboys have overcome this season, quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson’s story will likely be a note at best.
Quarterback Tony Romo’s fractured back and receiver Dez Bryant’s fractured knee have been in the headlines.
But when it comes to a life-or-death issue, there has been nothing more important than the surgery Wilson had to amputate the second toe on his right foot before the start of the season.
The toe had been infected due to complications with Type 1 diabetes, which Wilson has had for 30 years. The infection had gotten so bad that he was hospitalized for two days during training camp in early August to receive antibiotics. He was also forced to wear a walking boot for a week.
Wilson had a setback when the Cowboys returned to Dallas and found himself suffering again. He didn’t make the trip to the Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks because he was in the hospital.
So on the same weekend that it was announced that Romo would be out 8-10 weeks after he suffered a broken bone in his back against the Seahawks, Wilson underwent surgery to amputate his toe.
“I had an infection and it kept getting worse,” Wilson said. “It was driving me crazy, lying in the hospital bed. I said let’s get rid of that thing. I’m good now. I’m doing everything I did before.”
Count Cowboys legendary quarterback Roger Staubach among those who feel the organization should stick with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott for the time being.
Staubach has been one of the most vocal supporters of Tony Romo, but Prescott’s 4-1 start is too hard to ignore to make a change at this point. Staubach compared it to his playing days, when he and Craig Morton were in a similar situation.
Staubach had led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl championship in 1971 and he separated his shoulder in the 1972 preseason. Morton entered and played well, which meant Staubach didn’t regain his job initially when healthy.
“When I came back healthy probably eight, nine games later, that was a 14-game schedule, Craig was winning,” said Staubach, who spoke Friday to about 600 Air Force cadets at AT&T Stadium (Air Force plays New Mexico on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl).
“We were winning as a team and I understood it. The momentum was there, you don’t want to mess around with the quarterback position, and Craig was playing very well. So I didn’t really play very much until the playoff game against the [San Francisco] 49ers that year and I understood it. I understood I was still a good player and they’re still hopefully going to need me at some time.
“Tony’s going to heal. He’s going to be ready to play when they need him, if something happens to Dak. I think Tony wants to win, and he’ll do what it takes to win. If they keep Dak in there, if they keep the momentum going, I think he’ll understand that.”
Staubach paused briefly and smiled, adding: “[Romo] hasn’t told me that, by the way.”
Left tackle Tyron Smith (back spasm) and kicker Dan Bailey (sore back) both declared themselves ready for Sunday’s game at Green Bay after practice Friday. Each is listed as questionable on the Cowboys’ game status report released Friday afternoon, along with eight other players. But expect those two to play.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant is also among 10 players listed as questionable, but owner Jerry Jones said he is “less than optimistic” that Bryant will play Sunday. Bryant has missed the past two weeks with a hairline fracture in his right knee.
Also questionable are tight end Jason Witten (chest), wide receiver Terrance Williams (shoulder), linebacker Kyle Wilber (neck), defensive linemen Terrell McClain (arm) and David Irving (concussion), cornerback Morris Claiborne (ankle) and running back Lance Dunbar (knee).
Romo (back), tackle Chaz Green (foot) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hamstrings) have all been ruled out. It’s the earliest Scandrick has been ruled out of a game since the hamstring issues began.
Staff writer Drew Davison contributed to this report.
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