Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Brian Waters (64) on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Washington Redskins at AT

Injuries Mount For .500 Cowboys

Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The injuries are starting to mount for the Cowboys.  Heading into Sunday’s game against the Vikings, here are the players that definitely will be missing or are questionable for the game:

Tyrone Crawford, DE – IR
Anthony Spencer, DE – IR
Ryan Cook, C – IR
Matt Johnson, S – IR
Alex Albright, LB – Injury Settlement, Released
Ben Bass, DT – IR
Jay Ratliff, DT – Released
Nate Livings, G – Injury Settlement, Released
Edgar Jones, DE – Reserve/Designated to Return
Miles Austin, WR – Hamstring
Barry Church, S – Hamstring
J.J. Wilcox, S – Hamstring
Danny McCray, S – Toe, hip, hamstring
Morris Claiborne, CB – Hamstring
DeMarcus Ware, DE – Strained Quadricep
Brian Waters, G – Torn triceps, Knee, Rib (possibly headed to IR)
DeVonte Holloman, LB – Neck

Of course, this assumes no one else gets injured in practice during the week.  No blockbuster trades happened on Tuesday before the league trade deadline, so the team is stuck with what they have left on their roster.  Here is the current depth chart counting only players we know at this stage are likely to be available even if they may not be active on game day (Practice squad players listed in parentheses).

WR – Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, (Tim Benford), (Jamar Newsome), (Lanear Sampson)

TE – Jason Witten, James Hanna, Gavin Escobar, Andre Smith

T – Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Jermey Parnell, Darrion Weems

G – Ron Leary, Mackenzy Bernadeau, (David Arkin), (Ray Dominguez)

C – Travis Frederick, Phil Costa

QB – Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, (Alex Tanney)

RB – DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, Phillip Tanner

LS – L.P. Ladouceur

P – Chris Jones

K – Dan Bailey


DE – George Selvie, Kyle Wilbur, Caesar Rayford, Everett Brown

DT – Jason Hatcher, Nick Hayden, Jarius Wynn, Drake Nevis, Marvin Austin

LB – Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Justin Durant, Ernie Sims, Kyle Bosworth, Cameron Lawrence

CB – Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, B.W. Webb, (Micah Pellerin)

S – Jeff Heath, Jakar Hamilton

Anyone else notice we are dangerously thin at a couple of positions?  Like Cornerback, Safety, and Offensive Guard?  How can we possibly go into a game where one or two more injuries is going to force us to field a defensive unit with 5 linebackers?  Or, 3 tackles on offense?  I know we are playing the Vikings and either Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback, but this is not a good situation for a game that everyone seems to have already counted as a win.  Not so fast…expect a few more call ups from the practice squad if enough players don’t make it back to practice by Friday.  That will require more roster cuts.  If I were Andre Smith or Darrion Weems, I’d keep a bag packed.  Go Cowboys!



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  • terell28

    This team is poorly conditioned and poorly coached, the injuries and the blown leads of the past 3 years are evidence of this. Strength/Conditioning coach along with Jason Garret need to be shown the door, at seasons end. Pretty sad it took 3 years for Jerry to evaluate this.

    • Todd Toombs

      You could be right. But, I think Frog hit it on the head. It’s the cupcake practice schedules that are making these guys so fragile. Players have only gotten bigger and stronger (HGH?) but are not as well conditioned as they should be or used to be. NFL players of old would eat this group alive. Very frustrating to see the number of key players on every team that have gone down and stay out for as long as they do.

  • Old Frog

    Is it my imagination or have there been more injuries throughout the NFL since the Players’ Association did away with two-a-days in training camp?

    • Todd Toombs

      Yes, there has. The NFLPA negotiated that thinking the players wouldn’t have to practice so hard. In the end, it is costing them a LOT of lost playing time.