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.
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.