Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris started off yesterday’s blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams on a sour note by fumbling away a punt, and then injury was added to insult as Harris suffered a hip injury later on in the game. Harris, however, never let the “insult” or injury get to him, as he took advantage of the only pass he received on Sunday by taking it to the house for a 24 yard touchdown. He received more playing time than expected after No. 2 receiver Miles Austin injured his hamstring (that’s been a recurring problem for him throughout his career).
While Harris didn’t have a great game or anything, he did haul in a touchdown pass and did an excellent job of getting past a mental gaffe and playing through an injury. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett definitely took notice, and he went out of his way to praise Harris for showing “a lot of mental and physical toughness”.
Via Tom Osborn of mySanAntonio.com, “You’ve just got to keep playing. You have to keep playing through success. You have to keep playing through adversity. Obviously, we preach (securing) the football. The reason Dwayne is back there (returning punts) is because he’s been solid with the football. And it was a bad play. It was a bad play by him, but our defense went out there and responded the right way, and Dwayne responded the right way himself as the game wore on, (fighting through the muff and the hip pointer).
The Cowboys receiver and return man suffered his misfortunes on his punt returns, as Osborn writes that Harris suffered a “hip pointer” on another return. He now has four receptions for 40 yards and a TD on the year.