Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys, they don’t need their full complement of pass-rushing depth to be disruptive.
Based on the team’s mid-week injury report, they likely won’t have every weapon engaged for Sunday’s showdown with Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars — which will only increase the pressure for Micah Parsons to get off the schneid and go nuts ahead of a Week 16 battle with the Eagles.
On second thought … if Parsons’ head swells up too much, he might puff out his chest and give Jalen Hurts some more bulletin board material. Maybe we all just hope for a B+ game out of him, then watch his A game unfold against Philly.
According to Wednesday’s injury report, Dorance Armstrong and his eight sacks might be missing in action this Sunday. Armstrong departed the Texans game in a walking boot, and didn’t participate much in practice leading up to this weekend.
Neither did DeMarcus Lawrence, who was limited with a foot issue Wednesday after making the biggest stop of the game against Houston.
Cowboys Injury Report: Dorance Armstrong in walking boot, DeMarcus Lawrence limited
Tight end Jake Ferguson, battling a concussion, might lead to the Cowboys’ three-headed tight end monster becoming a two-man operation against Jacksonville’s struggling secondary. Dalton Schultz and Peyton Hendershot can certainly pick up the slack, based on recent performance.
All eyes on Jayron Kearse, too, who walked off the field during warmups this past Sunday being tended to by medical professionals, only to shrug it off and play anyway. He, too, is limited this week.
As for the Cowboys’ issues that will bleed into the playoffs and beyond, Terence Steele’s uncertain free agency was dealt a blow of dueling ACL/MCL tears this week.
Meanwhile, run-stuffing DT Johnathan Hankins, Jerry Jones’ midseason volley in an attempt to patch up the same holes the Eagles filled with Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph, might return by January’s contests.
The Dallas defense must get things in order by Christmas Eve when the Eagles come to town, but Sunday in Jacksonville will be an important tuneup — and a significant climate adjustment. The weather doesn’t feel very Floridian anywhere else in December. This will be a unique one.
Hopefully, the Cowboys give the Jags the boot instead of receiving boots from the Dallas training staff.