The Dallas Cowboys had some key players on the injury report heading into one of the biggest games of their season. In Week 11, the Cowboys are in Minneapolis to take on an 8-1 Minnesota Vikings team who is playing some of the best football in the NFL.
A man who knows the Vikings well is now reported to be out for the game even though he was listed as questionable for most of the week. After getting drafted by Minnesota in 2014, current Cowboys LB Anthony Barr spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Vikings. While he can certainly help Dan Quinn scheme against his former team, Tom Pelissero is reporting that he won’t be able to actually take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium today.
Barr already missed Week 10 with a hamstring injury, and the run defense certainly struggled without his presence. Up until Sunday morning, the linebacker was listed as questionable. Two days ago, he even told reporters that he was excited about his homecoming in Minnesota.
The veteran allegedly tweaked his hamstring during practice on Saturday, and the team has decided that he will not play because of it. This is not great news for a Cowboys team that ranks 29th in run defense and is getting ready to face one of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook.
Cowboys LB Anthony Barr is reportedly out against the Vikings in Week 11
The Cowboys’ defense will certainly feel this loss. Even though many are excited to see rookie Damone Clark continue to get opportunities, a veteran presence — especially one who knows the opponent well — would have been a huge boost.
Other Cowboys listed as questionable against the Vikings include Anthony Brown (concussion), Quinton Bohanna (illness), and Bryan Anger (illness).