The Dallas Cowboys got some good news and some not so good news when the injury report came out today. The good news is that center Phil Costa and rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne are both listed as probable, but the bad news is that Dez Bryant and Anthony Spencer are listed as questionable.
Bryant missed practice today because of what is being called general soreness and not the result of a specific incident. Spencer has missed the past two games with his pectoral injury and even though the Cowboys are optimistic about his progress, it looks like a gametime decision.
Losing Bryant would be a big blow to the Cowboys passing game because he’s been quarterback Tony Romo’s favorite target in the past few games. Without him the Cowboys would need to have Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree step up. It could also mean we would get to see the first extended playing time for training camp darling Cole Beasley.
Missing Spencer for a third straight game would continue to be a problem for the Cowboys because they haven’t been able to generate a consistent pass rush without him. Getting him back would be a huge boost to the run defense and I’m sure DeMarcus Ware would welcome less attention when rushing the quarterback.
Otherwise the injury report has very few surprises; DeMarco Murray is out and Felix Jones will get the start with Phillip Tanner taking backup carries. Sean Lissemore is also out, which will likely means Marcus Spears will be active this week.
It’s an important week for the Cowboys who desprately need a win and having Bryant and Spencer play could make a huge difference.
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