Dallas Cowboys: The cavalry is coming for the defense

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Jaylon Smith
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Jaylon Smith /

The Dallas Cowboys were torched by the Los Angeles Rams offense, but help is on its way with key players returning from injury and one from suspension.

The Dallas Cowboys seemed helpless Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams, as the defense allowed over 400 total yards in offense. This week they face All-Pro Aaron Rodgers and his always potent offensive attack, but there may be a different tune as a few key players return to help.

The most anticipated return may be from defensive end David Irving as he has completed his four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. The 6-foot 7-inch Irving has a wing span of nine feet. With the leap in progression from DeMarcus Lawrence, the duo could give offensive coordinators nightmares.

Coincidentally Irving’s best game came last year in the regular season against the Packers. Irving was able to accumulate four tackles, one sack, defend one pass and force three fumbles.

Also returning to the field this week is linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who has been nursing an ankle injury for the first four weeks. Linebacker Sean Lee seems on track to miss his second straight game so Hitchen’s presence in the linebacker corps is much-needed.

The Cowboys have been playing shorthanded it seems almost every week. After Cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken hand the injuries seemed to snowball.

Corners Chidobe Awuzie and Nolan Carroll were both injured in a Week 2 loss against the Denver Broncos. Awuzie had a hamstring injury and Carroll was out while he was in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Both are on track to be on the field this week when Green Bay comes to AT&T Stadium. Rookie Corner Jourdan Lewis may have earned his share of playing time during their absence but have both Awuzie and Carroll will help with depth.

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The Dallas Cowboys will be restocking the defense while the Packers will be dealing with more injuries. The returning players should provide a boost to a defense that has been overpowered lately.