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Your Dallas Cowboys' Offense: Preseason or Panic?

Dez Bryant is out. Martellus Bennett is angry. Marc Colombo is hurt. The Dallas Cowboys aren't scoring.

And even mild-mannered offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is mad.

You worried?

The Cowboys have had 22 offensive possessions without a touchdown in two exhibition games. It's the first time since 1986 they've failed to produce an offensive touchdown in the first two preseason games.

That '86 team finished 7-9, snapping the Cowboys' streak of winning seasons at 20.

This team?

I've heard everything from "Don't worry, it's preseason" to "Red flags everywhere!" about the offense.

I generally don't worry about results in August, but Sunday during afternoon practice in Oxnard, my concern amped up a little after starting right tackle Marc Colombo was carted off with a knee injury and Garrett gathered his first unit for a post-practice ass-chewing.

Colombo will be back in Dallas today for an MRI. He's likely to miss 2-4 weeks after arthroscopic surgery, but be back in time for the September 12 season-opener at Washington. Look for veteran Alex Barron (if and when he gets healthy) or maybe rookie Sam Young to take Colombo's place in the interim.

As for the healthy players, yuck. Sunday the offense was stalled by four dropped passes by Miles Austin, four pre-snap penalties and a combined three interceptions by quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jon Kitna.

I'm still not worried, much less panicked. But, like you and Garrett, I'd like to see something positive Saturday in San Diego.

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Richie Whitt
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