There is an unfortunate imbalance in the injury reports for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles heading into their big Week 11 game on Sunday Night Football. Given that this is Inside The Star and not Under The Wing or Inside The Dumpster, you know that imbalance doesn't favor the Boys in blue.
Here is a look at who is confirmed out and also potentially missing for Dallas and Philadelphia in tomorrow night's game:
- TE Geoff Swaim (knee) - Questionable
- OT Tyron Smith (back/groin) - Questionable
- DT Maliek Collins (foot) - Questionable
- LB Sean Lee (hamstring) - OUT
- S Jeff Heath (concussion) - OUT
- K Dan Bailey (groin) - OUT
Sean Lee has already been ruled out and we know what a massive blow that is for the Cowboys defense. Dallas is 1-1 in games that Lee partially missed and 0-2 in the games he missed completely. Those two losses against the Rams and Packers were both close games that, arguably, Lee could have swung in Dallas' favor if he'd played.
Kicker Dan Bailey will also miss his fourth game with a groin injury. Mike Nugent has gone 4-of-6 since being signed to fill in for Bailey.
Starting safety Jeff Heath has also been ruled out of the game with ongoing concussion issues. Rookie Xavier Woods, whose interception last week in Atlanta was one of the game's few positives, will get the start.
While he seems unlikely to play after missing the full week of practice, Tyron Smith has not been ruled out yet. Even a banged up Tyron should be better than Byron Bell or Chaz Green, so the Cowboys will hold out hope that he can feel good enough to suit up tomorrow night.
DT Maliek Collins keeps being limited in practice but has yet to miss a game, so there's no indication that he will be out tomorrow. The same is likely true for TE Geoff Swaim, who was limited all week but should be good to go on Sunday.
Let's end the Cowboys side of this on a positive note. Rookie defensive back Chidobe Awuzie was finally a full practice participant all week and should return to action for the first time since Week 2. Awuzie, Dallas' second-round pick in 2017, could see time at both corner and safety.
- WR Alshon Jeffery - Questionable
I told you it was imbalanced, didn't I?
The only active player with a chance of not playing Sunday is Jeffery, and after he was a full practice participant on Friday that "Questionable" should probably be upgraded. It is highly unlikely that Jeffery would miss a pivotal primetime game, and especially against an exploitable secondary.
Just as a reminder, the Eagles do at least have some key guys on injured reserve. OT Jason Peters and LB Jordan Hicks both landed on IR in Philly's Week 7 game against Washington. RB Darren Sproles has also been out since Week 3, but the mid-season addition of Jay Ajayi has offset that loss fairly well.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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