IRVING, Texas – While injuries once again tormented a swarm of Cowboys in 2013, a couple players find themselves in a peculiarly positive spot among the league’s ironmen.
Witten also finds himself trailing only the (likely) retiring Tony Gonzalez by three on the list of most consecutive regular season starts with 115, which included battles through various serious injuries, most recently the one to his spleen which left the start of his 2012 season in serious doubt.
Ware’s miraculous streak came to an end last season, but the games started streak for Carr and games played streak for Witten are still alive as the duo sits atop their respective positions. Witten will likely also surpass Gonzalez’s starts streak in 2014 if he stays healthy early in the year. Carr’s also fourth on the consecutive games played list.
On a team lacking healthy players the last couple years, the reliability that Carr and Witten will at least be on the field and ready to go shouldn’t be understated.
The Cowboys need amplified play from all of their starters if they’re to make any sort of playoff run in 2014, but they need to be on the field to do that. The accountability of Carr and Witten is juxtaposed against an otherwise injury-laden team and should at least be recognized.