Jeremy Mincey banged helmets with right tackle Tyron Smith during pregame warmups before the Philadelphia game. He played 37 of 62 plays and made a tackle for loss and had a quarterback pressure.
He also had a concussion.
“I just toughed it out. I figured out a way to tough it out,” Mincey said. “I wish I had been a lot smarter. Trying to just get through it, not knowing what was going on. I’m here now, so hopefully get past the protocol and get this thing rolling.”
Mincy began not being able to focus midweek, missing practice Thursday with what the Cowboys initially described as an illness. He was diagnosed with a concussion Friday.
He also suffered a concussion during the Detroit playoff game in January and played through it.
“First play,” Mincey said. “I finished it out, though. I finished it out. You’ve got to finish it out. That’s how I feel anyway. I can’t speak for everybody else, because you’ve got to protect your temple, but I want to win, too.”
Mincey sat out Sunday’s game. The Cowboys were missing two other right ends, too, with Greg Hardy serving a four-game suspension and Randy Gregory recovering from a high-ankle sprain.
The Cowboys had only three available defensive ends Sunday, and DeMarcus Lawrence, Jack Crawford and Ryan Russell combined for three tackles and no other statistics. Linebacker Sean Lee had the team’s only sack of Matt Ryan.
“We have some people down, so everybody’s getting a lot of reps,” said Crawford, who made his first career start, subbing for Mincey. “We’ve just got to do better.”