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    Cowboys LB Keanu Neal Positive for COVID, Out for Week 3

    Linebacker Keanu Neal was already unlikely to play on Monday night after entering the COVID protocol earlier this week. Now he's definitely out for Week 3 after testing positive, and his status for Week 4 is highly questionable.

    The Cowboys' is already shorthanded with several injuries and another COVID absence from DE . With LB already expected to do a lot of pass-rushing work against the Eagles, this means more playing time for and perhaps and as well.

    Neal joined the Cowboys this year after a five-year run in Atlanta as a . He converted to linebacker and has played on over 74% of the team's defense snaps so far in 2021; the most of any linebacker or defensive linemen.

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    For Vander Esch, who's only played 37.5% of those snaps, this is an opportunity to show some things in a critical contract year. Leighton is scheduled to be an unrestricted in 2022 after Dallas declined to pick up his 5th-year option.

    Linebacker play will be big this week as the Cowboys contend with ' scrambling ability and the general speed of the Eagles' . Hurts already had 144 rushing yards in just two games.

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    If Dallas is going to get the win on  they'll have to do it without Keanu Neal. At least they were already prepared for this scenario, but hopefully they have what the need to overcome it.

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    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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