November 20, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back Barry Church (42) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Cowboys Safety Barry Church Out For The Season

Dallas Cowboys starting safety Barry Church suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Dallas’ win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He is expected to have surgery for the injury as early as Monday. Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett announced during his post game interview that he does not expect Church to return this year.

August 13, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back Barry Church (42) stands on the sideline during a break in the action against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.Co Coliseum. The Cowboys defeated the Raiders 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

This is a disappointing end to a season where Church made his first start for the Cowboys just three weeks ago. He will finish the year recording only six tackles. Church was having his best day as a starter against the Buccaneers getting three tackles prior to being injured in the second half.

Dallas is now left with Danny McCray, Mana Silva, Matt Johnson, and Gerald Sensabaugh as their only safeties. Both Johnson and Sensabaugh are currently injured. Expect to see more of cornerback Brandon Carr filling in at safety, as he did on Sunday against the Bucs.

Church impressed coaches during the preseason and won the starting job outright. Veteran safety Brodney Pool, who was signed in the off-season, was released in-part due to the spectacular play of Church. But now with his season ending injury, the Cowboys’ front office could once again look to the free agent market for defensive secondary help.

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  • californy

    The upgrade to church should not be a big deal, he has yet to become a force in this defense this early in his playing career. I dont think there are any capable safeties on this team to take his place. If we had some capable safeites they would of been starting already. Mana Silva is not good enough, he a zone type of safety and oesnt play hight coverage. McCray has some helath issues, so he may not be a long term factor either. It slim picking again in the FA market.:
    1. Nick Collins
    2. Deon Grant
    3. O.J. Atogwe
    4. Brodney Pool
    5. Charlie Peprah
    6. Chris Harris
    7. Tyrone Culver
    8. Sean Jones
    9. Jaiquawn Jarrett
    10. Melvin Bullitt
    11. Chris Crocker
    12. Tyrell Johnson
    13. Bob Sanders
    14. Husain Abdullah
    15. Gerald Alexander
    16. Gibril Wilson
    17. Reggie Smith
    18. Paul Oliver
    19. Derrick Martin
    20. Aaron Francisco