Another injury to the offensive line, but you won't catch Garrett complaining

Another injury to the offensive line, but you won't catch Garrett complaining

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 9: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys encourages his team before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on August 9, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA Sports

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 5:04 PM

OXNARD, Calif. -- Offensive guard Ronald's Leary's knee injury is the latest in the Dallas Cowboys offensive line's procession to the doctor's office during training camp.

But don't expect Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett to complain.

He won't do it, because complaining doesn't fit with the culture he's trying to cultivate.

"Yeah, I mean, there are no excuses," Garrett said. "Injuries are a part of this game, and have been forever. So, if you start lamenting them, publicly or privately, you're not doing yourself or your team any justice."

Leary hurt his right leg in the final week of practice in Oxnard, and has undergone arthroscopic surgery. Garrett termed the injury "not serious."

In these situations, don't be surprised if Garrett mentions Wally Pipp, (as he did to the media Thursday) the man who lost his job to New York Yankees Hall-of-Famer Lou Gehrig when Pipp got hurt.

Wide receiver Miles Austin is a great Cowboys example of making the most of an injury-caused opportunity. After former Cowboy Roy Williams got hurt, Austin made his first career start in 2009 against the Chiefs. All he did was set the franchise single-game receiving record with 10 catches for 250 yards.

"Injuries provide opportunities," Garrett said. "There are a ton of examples on our team of guys -- someone got hurt, this guy stepped in and it launched his career. Hopefully guys have that mindset. Hopefully our team has that mindset."

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