Originally written on The Landry Hat  |  Last updated 11/10/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - 2009: Tony Fiammetta of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Who knew a third year cast away from the Carolina Panthers could make such an important impact to the Dallas Cowboys’ running game this year? But making an impact is the basic job description for a fullback. And the Cowboys’ surely struggled without their fullback, Tony Fiammetta, on Sunday.Fiammetta, who was dealing with an illness last week, was ruled out for Sunday’s narrow overtime victory against the Washington Redskins. Dallas tried to fill his position with TE John Phillips, but clearly that didn’t work well. DeMarco Murray ran for just 73 yards on 25 carries. That’s an average of only 2.9 yards a carry, Murray’s worst per carry average in a game so far this year.It’s no coincidence that our running game drastically improves when Fiammetta is in the game. In his six games played this year, the Cowboys have averaged 5.6 yards per carry. When Fiammetta has been absent, the Cowboys only average 3.2 yards per carry. He has been the fullback for both DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones...
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