Fans livid with Jason Garrett over decision to keep starters in meaningless game

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The Dallas Cowboys were already locked into the No. 4 seed heading into NFL Week 17 and really had nothing to play for except just to stay sharp.

They did that early, building up a 21-10 lead in the third quarter. Most figured that, after that point, Garrett would pull his starters to avoid any injuries. He did not do that, and early in the fourth quarter rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch suffered an injury.

Thankfully, it appeared he was spared anything catastrophic, but at this point in the game there really was no reason for him or any of the team’s other top starters to be playing in the first place.

Garrett’s decision to keep playing his starters did not go over well on social media.

https://twitter.com/Joe22DCnation/status/1079472589481959425

Just a mind-boggling decision, but maybe there are a few “good” reasons.