The final injury reports for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals are in as they prepare for their Week 3 match-up on Monday Night Football. The teams held their final practices on Saturday this week, which is normal for a Monday game.
Here are the lists provided to the NFL by each club and what these could mean for Monday night.
- CB Chidobe Awuzie - OUT (hamstring)
- CB Nolan Carroll - OUT (concussion)
- LB Anthony Hitchens - OUT (knee)
- WR Brice Butler - Questionable (ankle)
- DT Stephen Paea - Questionable (knee)
The big news here is that cornerbacks Carroll and Awuzie will remain out with the injuries that took them out of last week's game in Denver. On the plus side, Orlando Scandrick is returning from his injury. Dallas will likely activate Bene Benwikere as the fourth cornerback behind Scandrick, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis on Monday night.
Paea did not practice all week and appears to be a game-time decision. That would leave the Cowboys with just Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford, and Brian Price as defensive tackles for the game. DeMarcus Lawrence is capable of playing some inside and may have to given the numbers. Thankfully, Damontre Moore is coming off suspension to help with the defensive line rotation.
While listed on the report, Brice Butler was a limited participant in Friday and Saturday's practices and is likely to play Monday night. If not, Dallas still has Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown to work with.
- OT D.J. Humphries - OUT (knee)
- WR John Brown - OUT (quad)
- WR J.J. Nelson - Questionable (hamstring)
- OG Mike Iupati - Questionable (tricep)
- TE Jermaine Gresham - Questionable (ribs)
- LB Deone Buchanan - Questionable (ankle)
The Cardinals are facing some injury concerns at several starting positions. Humphries, their left tackle, is already ruled out. The backup is John Wetzel, who was with the Cowboys as a developmental player from 2014-2015. Also on the offensive line, left guard Mike Iupati was limited in practice all week but is a veteran and will likely play.
J.J. Nelson, coming off an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, should play but may not have his same elusiveness. The receiver depth will also be lacking with John Brown already ruled out due to an upper leg issue. Starting TE Jermaine Gresham was also limited this week with a rib injury.
Starting linebacker-safety hybrid Deone Buchanan has an ankle injury but should play. His fellow starter at middle linebacker, veteran Karlos Dansby, was a full participant in Saturday's practice but was limited but has been dealing with a hip issue earlier in the week. They are a big part of what makes the Cardinals defense effective, so any weakness will be welcome.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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