The Dallas Cowboys pulled out an impressive comeback victory against the New York Giants in week one, but suffered a huge loss in the process. Wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken bone in his foot which will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. He is on the injury report for this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and his absence will be felt. It’s time to check out who else is banged up for week two.
The Philadelphia Eagles? They’re looking extremely healthy and have one of the shortest injury reports in the entire NFL. There are a mere two players on the list and one is likely going to be playing come Sunday.
LB Marcus Smith – hamstring
WR Seyi Ajirotutu – concussion, elbow
Bleeding Green Nation stated that Ajirotutu did not end making it through the NFL’s concussion protocol and had to be ruled out. He suffered the injury in week one against the Atlanta Falcons and he simply didn’t advance far enough to be cleared.
The Dallas Cowboys on the other hand are dealing with a number of other injuries. Obviously, Bryant is the biggest one of all, but as DallasCowboys.com reported, their list is still rather small, but some big names are on it.
QB Tony Romo – back
TE James Hanna – knee
G Ronald Leary – groin
WR Dez Bryant – foot
DE Randy Gregory – ankle
Wide receiver Terrance Williams is likely going to step up and become the number one pass-catcher while Bryant is out. Devin Street, a fifth-round pick from last year, will take Bryant’s spot on the field during his absence.
On offense, the Cowboys will also be hurting due to the loss of offensive guard Ronald Leary, but it may work in the favor of Dallas. Rookie La’el Collins was inactive in week one, and Leary’s injury may have him active for the Eagles’ game and allow the team to see what he can do in full game speed.
Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory being out is another big blow as the first round talent is a pass rushing specialist. He has shown his skills and Gregory was a great fill-in while Greg Hardy is still on his four-game suspension. DeMarcus Lawrence and Jeremy Mincey will split time on the ends as Gregory is out four to six weeks.
The Dallas Cowboys are hurting, but they have depth and talent to fill in for those that will be out. The loss of Dez Bryant is just a big one though, and the Philadelphia Eagles will be one of many teams looking to exploit that weakness and injury report listing.
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