As Bill Parcells used to say often, "There's two sides to that pancake."
While it's good for the players to get some live competition in practice with game-like tackling, it never seems worth it if an injury occurs in the process.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, they seemed to get through Sunday's Blue-White scrimmage relatively unscathed. Head trainer Jim Maurer said the initial diagnosis was a positive one immediately following the physical practice. It is common for a few nagging injuries to pop up in the next 24 hours after a scrimmage like this, but as far as major setbacks, the Cowboys apparently survived that at least.
And that's definitely a good thing considering the defense was missing three starters in Jay Ratliff (hip), Mike Jenkins (stinger) and Keith Brooking (hamstring). Ratliff and Jenkins were held out mostly for precautionary reasons while Brooking's timetable to return is likely another 1-2 weeks.
On offense, DeMarco Murray might be getting a little closer to return to practice. He's missed the entire training camp with a hamstring injury and Tashard Choice probably also another week before he starts practicing again with a calf strain.