IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas played a long game, and now faces a short week.
And Washington's Robert Griffin III is on his way in for the most appropriate of Thanksgiving games — Cowboys vs. Redskins, the first NFL game in Texas for the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor.
It's safe to say the sigh of relief was brief for Dallas after Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over last-place Cleveland.
"We are going to enjoy this one for another 10 minutes or so and then get on to the Redskins," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after the game.
There are several issues for the Cowboys to consider in the roughly 96 hours between Dan Bailey's winning field goal in overtime and the kickoff against the Redskins.
Start with the offensive line, which essentially ended up with three replacements against the Browns after left tackle Tyron Smith injured an ankle early and didn't return. Tony Romo absorbed a career-high seven sacks, and a fumble on one of them triggered a wild ending that the Cowboys were fortunate to file under "happy."
Smith said Monday he had a high ankle sprain and would be a game-time decision. He says he played through the injury once in college at USC. If the former first-round pick isn't back, undrafted free agent Jermey Parnell, a third-year player, is likely to fill in again.
With Phil Costa and Ryan Cook out, Mackenzy Bernadeau had to move from guard to center, where he made his first start for Dallas against Cleveland. Derrick Dockery took Bernadeau's spot at right guard.
"It's just the nature of it, and you have to be able to just plug the next guy in and come up with the right combination and move on and find some things that those guys are able to do well enough to execute ball plays," Garrett said Monday. "It was a challenge for us last week going into the game. It was more of a challenge during the game. And it'll be a challenge this week as we get ready for the Redskins."
Another part of Romo's problem Sunday was he didn't have much help from the running game. The Cowboys had just 17 yards rushing at halftime — all by Felix Jones — and 68 for the game. Jones missed some time after re-injuring his knee and didn't play in overtime. He was a limited participant in practice Monday.