Posted: 4:32 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Offensive guard Nate Livings didn't participate in this morning's walkthrough due to a sore knee, and, as Jason Garrett put it in today's press conference, because "he’s kind of managing his way through a couple different deals."
It's unclear how long Livings will be out, but compounding the situation for the Cowboys is the fact that Livings is the fifth interior lineman who's out due to injury: Starting right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau is likely out until next week, Kevin Kowalski bruised his knee earlier this week and is likely out for two to four weeks, and both Ray Dominguez (shoulder) and OG/OC Ryan Cook (back) are out as well.
That leaves the Cowboys with just four healthy interior linemen who can suit up on Sunday: Ron Leary, Phil Costa, Travis Frederick and David Arkin are all that is left at the moment. All four will therefore get extended playing time, though Garrett hasn't finalized those details yet:
"We haven’t had those specific conversations about the exact playing time that each of these guys are going to have in this game Sunday night. But we’ll have those conversations in the next couple of days."
Over the last few days, many Cowboys fans have been advocating an interior line of Leary - Frederick - Arkin, who together have a grand total of zero regular season snaps. For these three linemen, this could well be their trial by fire.
Because of the injury situation, the Cowboys are now looking to bring in some outside help, including but not limited to Brian Waters.
After doing some more checking My friend @SullyBaldHead is on to the story of Brian Watters [sic]. Just ran it past another source and are looking— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) August 1, 2013