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Chargers Have Their Own Injury Problems in Week 2 Matchup w/ Cowboys

As you'd imagine, we've spent a lot of time this week talking about the Cowboys' and other personnel issues ahead of tomorrow's game against the Chargers. But Los Angeles has its own problems going into Week 2, and one in particular which could help offset Dallas' deficiencies.

Yesterday Bryan Bulaga, the Chargers' starting right , was placed on with back issues. This will pull Storm Norton, an undrafted from 2017 with only three career starts, onto the 1st-team for Sunday.

Dallas will definitely be without their top defensive player, DE , after a broken foot has landed him on IR for about the first half of the season. They also expect for the other starting DE, , to be out tomorrow after going into the protocol.

Gregory still has a slim chance of being active if he can get the required negative tests, but like last week it's not expected he will make it to Los Angeles.

and are the expected starters at DE tomorrow for Dallas. While going up against 1st-round wunderkind at will be a tough ask, not having to face Bulaga on the right side will make life easier for the backup pass rushers.

Another confirmed absence for Sunday is starting CB Chris Harris due to a shoulder issue. That helps offset the absence of WR for the Cowboys, who is now on IR after a calf in the season opener. This will put rookie Asante Samuel Jr. to the test with and still on the field.

The Chargers may also be limited in the if Nasir Adderley can't go. While has returned to practice and is full go for tomorrow, Adderley was a limited participant yesterday with a groin injury and his game status has not been confirmed.

Justin Jones is a starting DE in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme and will likely be out after missing practice all week. The next man up on L.A.'s is former Cowboy , who spent 2019 with Dallas before leaving in .

So yes, the Cowboys have a lot to be worried about thanks to the aforementioned injuries and the of RT . But at least tomorrow's opponent has their own concerns and some of them could directly offset Dallas' issues.

Can the Cowboys overcome the roster problems and get their first win of 2021?  We'll see how much both teams' injuries and absences affect tomorrow's game.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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