The 4-3 Dallas Cowboys and the 4-3 Detroit Lions have more than just their records in common. As these two teams meet today at Ford Field, they do so with both rosters being strongly affected by the injury bug.
Editor’s note: DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin have been officially ruled out for today’s game. The other inactives include safety J.J. Wilcox, linebacker DeVonte Holloman, center Phil Costa, tackle Darrion Weems, and linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
On the Cowboys side of the ball, starting running back DeMarco Murray is listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report. Murray has missed the last two games with an MCL sprain. But it is a good sign he practiced all week, even if it was limited. His primary back-up, Lance Dunbar, has also been banged up. He is listed a probable for the game after practicing all week. If Murray is unable to go, expect a combination of Dunbar and rookie back Joseph Randle to replace him.
After playing ineffectively last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles, veteran wideout Miles Austin is once again listed as questionable as he continues to struggle with an injury to his hamstrings. And it also appears All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware will miss just the second game of his career due to a quadriceps strain. Ware is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against the Lions.
One player who has already been ruled out for today’s game is rookie safety J.J. Wilcox. The Cowboys third round pick sprained his right knee during practice on Thursday. He is not expected to be out very long. Rookie safety Jeff Heath is expect to start in his place today.