J.W. Walsh, the Cowboys' starter for the time being, has never worn a brace, because it restricts the dual-threat quarterback's ability to run. And Lunt's injury certainly has not scared him into putting one on for the UT game.
“If the coaches ask me to wear one or if something were to happen to my knee, then I would,” Walsh said. “But for right now, I'd prefer not to have one on, just because it keeps it free and it allows me to move a lot faster without it.”
Since moving onto the NFL, Weeden has stopped wearing the knee brace because he has to use his legs more in the Cleveland Browns' offense, he said.
Maybe when Lunt returns to the field, he'll add the brace to his uniform repertoire. Maybe he should have been wearing one all along.
But only so many injuries can be prevented.