The Dallas Cowboys have several injuries to sort out before their Christmas Eve showdown vs the Eagles, but none drew more concerns than rookie Sam Williams, who was involved in a two-car accident in Plano, TX on Thursday.
The cause of the accident is being investigated, and Williams was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures to treat his injuries. While Williams’ vehicle was wrecked in the collision, the 2022 second-round pick (thankfully) avoided serious injuries.
Despite the largely clean bill of health, Williams faced long odds to get cleared for Saturday night’s heavyweight bout vs the Eagles.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys will go to battle without their lively defensive end, who sustained a concussion and neck strain in the crash. With a short turnaround on Thursday night next week, Williams could miss two games as a result of the accident, though we’ll have a clearer picture on that in a few days.
Cowboys Injury Report: Sam Williams ruled out after scary car accident
This obviously isn’t great news with Dallas’ pass rush struggling to make an impact in recent games, but the fact Williams is only dealing with a concussion and neck strain after looking at photos of his car is the most important thing.
Drafted with the No. 56 overall pick in April, Williams has made an instant impact on a loaded Cowboys defensive line. Despite playing a part-time role (27% of the snaps), the Ole Miss product has three sacks, eight tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries on his resume.
After word spread about the crash, Williams penned a thoughtful tweet to inform followers that he — and the other person involved — are doing well.
As far as the rest of the injury report DeMarcus Lawrence, Jayron Kearse, and Noah Brown were removed Friday after logging full practices.
Trevon Diggs, however, was a late addition after not practicing due to an illness. He, along with Micah Parsons (illness), Dorance Armstrong (knee), and Jake Ferguson (concussion) were all listed as questionable. ESPN’s Ed Werder understands Diggs and Parsons should get the green light for the game.
On Friday, the Cowboys elevated corner Mackensie Alexander and center Brock Hoffman from the practice squad for the game. Alexander was recently signed by Dallas following the season-ending injuries to Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown. With experience in the nickel in his career, perhaps Da’Ron Bland will get some reps opposite Trevon Diggs after Kelvin Joseph was benched last week vs the Jaguars.
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