The Cowboys' injury situation went from bad to worse in yesterday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Some key offensive players came out of the game with new or reaggravated health issues, and now Dallas has just a few days before their next kickoff against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day.
The biggest concern is with Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb, who suffered a concussion just before halftime and did not return. Already missing Amari Cooper on the COVID list, Dallas will likely be without their two top receivers for Thursday's game. The door isn't closed on Lamb but the window for the concussion protocol will close very quickly.
Injury issues heading to Thanksgiving: Tyron Smith (ankle), Zeke Elliott (knee), CeeDee Lamb (concussion), Donovan Wilson (shoulder). Smith and Lamb status uncertain. Lamb appears doubtful and Elliott should be fine.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 22, 2021
Also, Running Back Ezekiel Elliott self-reported that he hurt his knee during the game. We also saw Zeke get an ankle twisted on one play but neither ended his day. Hopefully he still feels as good today once the adrenaline's worn off.
Left Tackle Tyron Smith surprised by not playing yesterday after week-long reports of his anticipated return. Smith's been out for three games now with an ankle injury and his absence was felt hard against Kansas City; Dak Prescott was sacked five times and pressured on several other plays.
With the Cowboys defense doing enough throughout the game for them to win, the offense couldn't overcome its missing components. They may be similarly handicapped against the Raiders this week, so hopefully Kellen Moore can devise a better plan for how to succeed with what he's got.