As the Dallas Cowboys look to sweep their NFC East rivals the New York Giants, they're a team that looks as healthy as they've been all season. Though they've had as many as ten players on the injury report throughout the week, only three carry injury designations into Monday's showdown with the Giants.
The Cowboys have an opportunity to go two games above .500 and depending on how things go for Philadelphia when they play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Cowboys could increase their lead in the win column.
Let's take a look at the final injury report as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Giants.
- DE Dorance Armstrong (neck) - No Injury Designation
- CB Anthony Brown (hamstring) - Questionable
- OT La'el Collins (knee) - No Injury Designation
- WR Amari Cooper (ankle) - No Injury Designation
- OT Cameron Fleming (calf) - OUT
- WR Michael Gallup (knee) - No Injury Designation
- G Zack Martin (back/ankle) - No Injury Designation
- DE Robert Quinn (Rib) - No Injury Designation
- OT Tyron Smith (ankle) - No Injury Designation
- LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) - QUESTIONABLE
Though the Dallas Cowboys have 10 players on the injury report heading into Monday night's clash with the New York Giants, they should have all of their starters and primary role players available. They're the healthiest they've been since before training camp.
On the offensive side of the ball, Wide Receiver Amari Cooper was able to get in a full practice for the first time in several weeks after being limited by foot, ankle, and quad injuries since the start of the regular season. Fellow Wide Receiver Michael Gallup also participated in full this week as he's been coming back from a knee injury suffered in the Washington Redskins game.
Three offensive linemen were limited during parts of the practice week as Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and La'el Collins have been dealing with various injuries. All signs point to them playing on Monday night, which means the Cowboys will suit up all five starting offensive linemen for the second week in a row. If you recall, Tyron Smith sat out the Green Bay Packers game and both Smith and Collins sat out the New York Jets game. Getting them back on the field against Philadelphia in week seven was huge for the offense.
The only other offensive position player of note is Cameron Fleming who hasn't practiced this week as he's been dealing with a strained calf. If he's unable to go, it would put Brandon Knight in line to be the backup offensive tackle if one of the two starters were forced to miss time on Monday Night Football.
Anthony Brown is questionable and unlikely to be back this week after sitting out the Eagles game. Per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Jourdan Lewis is expected to retain his role regardless of Anthony Brown's availability.
Robert Quinn practiced in full this week after he was forced to exit the Eagles game with a rib injury. This will be his first shot at the New York Giants this season after sitting out the first two games of the season due to suspension. Quinn looks to add to his team-leading six sacks.
Another defensive end that looks like he'll be ready to go this week is Dorance Armstrong after practicing fully this week. It was speculated that Armstrong could land on IR, so seeing him back at practice is a good surprise for the Cowboys.
Another casualty of the Philadelphia Eagles game was Leighton Vander Esch, who suffered a neck injury on a tackle attempt. He felt like he could have finished the game but with the Cowboys up big, they held him out more for precautionary reasons. Unfortunately, Vander Esch won't be available for this week as he's still dealing with his neck issue. That means we'll see more Sean Lee and Joe Thomas filling in at the weakside linebacker spot.
New York Giants
- CB Corey Ballentine (concussion) - No Injury Designation
- CB Grant Haley (knee) - No Injury Designation
- WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) - No Injury Designation
There isn't much to see on the New York Giants side of the injury report with only three players listed and each of them practicing in full this week.
The big news for the Giants is getting back Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard after sitting out the last three weeks with a concussion. On a team that doesn't have a ton of talent on the outside, having Shepard available for rookie Quarterback Daniel Jones will help the Giants offense immensely. Shepard's averaging 6.3 receptions on 8.5 targets for 66.8 yards receiving per game.
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Jason Garrett Reminds Everyone That Kellen Moore Calls the Plays
There's a lot of blame game being played around the Dallas Cowboys right now after a demoralizing home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Even the head coach seems to be getting in on the act as Jason Garrett went out of character and got unusually specific in explaining Kellen Moore's responsibility for play-calling.
Garrett is not known for calling people out. In fact, many fans have criticized him for not being more critical of his players. He tends to speak in vague, nebulous terms when it comes to discussing the Cowboys' weaknesses or failings after a loss.
But in a radio appearance this morning, Garrett didn't mince words on who was deciding the plays during the Cowboys' final drive.
Jason Garrett on @1053thefan on the two run plays late: "Kellen's calling the game. In that situation it's 2nd and 2. He felt like he had a good opportunity against a favorable box to run the ball in those situations. On each of those plays we had options beyond just the run.
Jason did try to excuse his offensive coordinator's decisions with some context, but he also made sure to clarify who was responsible for those calls. It was not very Garrett-like, and it may speak to his own growing frustration and concern over his future.
Garrett is on the final year of his contract and the Cowboys' front office has made it clear that any extension depends on the results of the 2019 season. With Dallas now dropping to 5-4 and only leading the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles, the future is increasingly unclear.
Jason Garrett famously uses "we" and "us" terms when talking about the negatives, not wanting to assign blame to any particular player or person when things aren't going well. That he strayed from this well-established behavior today may be an anomaly, but it shouldn't be ignored.
With a tough second-half stretch coming in this 2019 schedule, Garrett may be starting to feel like a dead man walking. We'll see in the coming weeks if this leads to anymore shifts in his usual demeanor with the media.
Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week 10 Against Vikings
Well Cowboys Nation, the Dallas Cowboys let yet another winnable game slip to their grasp Sunday night after the devastating 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. By my count, that's three out of four games the Cowboys probably should have won this season. But, probably… maybe… and should have don't mean diddly squat in the NFL.
I'm not going to beat around the bush today because I would likely end up going into a long winded rant about what took place last night. So, let's go ahead and jump right into this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. As always, please feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinions and thoughts on the subject.
Unlike in weeks past, I had absolutely no problem deciding what to go with this week for this category from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. I don't think anyone would argue that the good had to be Quarterback Dak Prescott's play and the Cowboys overall passing game. This unit was the sole reason they had a chance to win at the end.
Prescott was simply phenomenal Sunday night. He threw for 397 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. He was on point last night and was dropping dimes all over the place. It's one of the reasons why both Amari Cooper (147 yards, 1 TD) and Randall Cobb (106, 1 TD) both went over the 100 yard mark in receiving, and Michael Gallup wasn't too far behind (76 yards, 1 TD). All in all it's an MVP caliber performance from No. 4, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to seal the victory.
I thought and thought about what I wanted to go with in this category and I'll have to admit, I had a hard time deciding. There were individual players who deserved a nomination here, but in the end I think the bad for the Dallas Cowboys was them getting off to yet another slow start against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it's been a trend for them this season.
It all started when Jason Garrett decided to send out Kicker Brett Maher to attempt an ill-advised 57 yard field goal. Maher is capable of making such kicks, but there's a time and place to use that kind of weapon. Last night on the opening drive of the game was not one of those times. After the missed FG, the Vikings had excellent field position and scored a quick TD. Not long after they scored another TD to go up 14-0 after another stalled drive by the Cowboys offense. It's a hole they were never quite able to dig themselves out of.
Deciding what to go with here in this category was pretty easy after narrowing down what I wanted to put in the bad category. I think the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings was their defensive play. In all honesty, it was absolutely sickening to watch the Vikings have their way with the Cowboys defense. Dallas has far too much talent on that side of the ball to be manhandled like they were.
The tackling was atrocious and so was the execution. I'm pretty sure the game plan was to neutralize Dalvin Cook the way they did Saquon Barkley in Week 9, but the league's leading rusher (Cook) would have none of that. He pretty much did what he wanted. He ran through arm tackles and had room to run, whether it was as a rusher or receiver. It looked a lot like what Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones did to the Cowboys in Week 5. It was completely inexcusable and unacceptable!
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