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Cowboys @ Redskins 2019: Final Week 2 Injury Reports

Jess Haynie

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Tavon Austin's Return Should Make Cowboys Offense More Dangerous

The Dallas Cowboys are looking to keep their momentum, and pick up another NFC East win, when they head into Washington later today for a showdown with the Redskins. How will the Week 2 injury reports for both teams impact this rivalry game?

As it stands, health is certainly on the Cowboys. While they had to make an adjustment this week for Tavon Austin's concussion, the Redskins are going to be without more than a couple of their key players today.

Let's dive in to the details, starting with the good guys and the final statuses coming out of last week's practices.

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Tavon Austin (concussion) - OUT
  • LB Luke Gifford (ankle) - OUT
  • S Darian Thompson (ankle) - Questionable
  • S Donovan Wilson (ankle) - Questionable

With Austin still recovering from a concussion suffered against the Giants, Dallas called up WR Cedrick Wilson from the practice squad. He should suit up in Washington for PR duties at the least, but will likely have a hard time getting in on offense over Devin Smith.

Gifford remains out with his ankle and that should be the case for at least a few more weeks. However, considering Dallas elected not to place him on IR-Eligible to Return status, they must believe he can get back on the field sooner than that eight-week window would have mandated.

Both Thompson and Wilson returned to practice on Wednesday, albeit at limited capacity, and that makes things interesting for who plays today. A lot of eyes and hopes are on Wilson after his big preseason; will he be active against the Redskins?

With both Chris Covington and Jordan Chunn being released this week, Dallas will probably need one more of their backup safeties in on special teams. I expect we'll see Kavon Frazier active for the game and then whoever is the healthiest between Thompson and Wilson.


Washington Redskins

  • QB Colt McCoy (fibula) - OUT
  • RB Derrius Guice (knee) - OUT (IR)
  • TE Jordan Reed (concussion) - OUT
  • DL Jonathan Allen (knee) - OUT
  • DT Caleb Brantley (foot) - OUT (IR)
  • CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) - Doubtful
  • CB Fabian Moreau (ankle) - Questionable

You may be surprised, as I was, to see that Colt McCoy is still on the Redskins' 53-man roster. They elected not to place McCoy on IR, even in temporary status, as he is still recovering from the leg injury that ended his 2018 season. Washington may still have hope that the veteran can return and upgrade their QB position, or at least the depth if needed.

After starting in Week 1 and putting Adrian Peterson on the bench, Derrius Guice has now been moved to IR after needing knee surgery to repair meniscus damage. He may still return later this year, but for now it will be Peterson who returns to last year's role as the feature back.

Also out this week is starting TE Jordan Reed, whose horrible history with concussions has resurfaced. One of the most naturally gifted players at his position in the NFL, Reed just can't stay on the field and you have to wonder if he might retire before long with these recurring problems.

A big loss on defense occurred with defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, the Skins' 1st-Round pick in 2017, suffering a knee injury last week in Philadelphia. His backup, Caleb Brantley, was just placed on IR this week as well. That's a big blow to the front seven.

Washington is also banged up the secondary. Starting CB Quinton Dunbar is listed as "Doubtful" after missing practices this week, and backup Fabian Moreau is also battling an injury. That's a scary proposition after what the Cowboys' passing attack accomplished a week ago.

Lastly, we have to mention that Left Tackle Trent Williams remains a holdout after demanding a trade this offseason. There have been conflicting reports as to Williams' reason; some have claimed it's a contract issue and others that he is displeased with the team's medical staff. In either case, the Redskins' have a big problem on the left side of their offensive line without the Pro Bowler's presence.


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Amari Cooper Continues to Feast on the Philadelphia Eagles

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Amari Cooper Continues to Feast on the Philadelphia Eagles 2

The 2018 trade that sent the Dallas Cowboys 2019 first-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders has been genius since last year. But it'll never get old bringing it up after many panned the Cowboys for making the move when the Philadelphia Eagles sent a third-round pick, for now, New York Giants Wide Receiver Golden Tate.

The beauty of this deal for the Dallas Cowboys is that their trade for a wide receiver worked out tremendously and at the same time, their biggest rival's trade for a wide receiver fell flat. The other part that continues to make the deal for Amari Cooper a dream come true is the way he's played against the Philadelphia Eagles in some high-leverage games.

In week 10 of the 2018 season, Cooper's second game with the Dallas Cowboys, they found themselves facing an uphill battle for the NFC East as they sat at 3-5 in what would become the first must-win game of the season. After spending just two weeks with the Cowboys, Cooper put up a six reception, 75-yard effort in the Cowboys win that brought them to 4-5. That victory would propel them to win their next five games in a row and go 6-1 over their final seven games.

In their division-clinching win in week 14, Amari Cooper put up an all-time game when he caught 10 passes for 217 yards, and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime.

Yet again, in a pivotal matchup for the NFC East between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooper showed up yet again. He really likes playing against Philly. On the night he had five receptions on five targets for 106 yards. Cooper had receptions of 44 and 28 yards that helped set up scores to put the game out of reach.

In addition to those two big receptions, Amari picked up two other receptions for first downs, something that we've come to expect at this point. The Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper connection continues to be a treat to observe as the two are on just another level when it comes to their chemistry.


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On the 44 yard bomb, the Cowboys put Cooper in motion, and though the man didn't travel with him, Dak knows he's got single coverage on the outside. Prescott uses a good shoulder faint to sell the slant to Cooper before he runs a sluggo route (a slant and go) and gets behind his man and away from the deep middle safety down the sideline. That reception helped set up the first of Brett Maher's two field goals in the final two minutes of the first half, which made it 24-7.

Amari Cooper Continues to Feast on the Philadelphia Eagles

Then at the start of the fourth quarter, with the Dallas Cowboys attempting to milk the clock and also ice the game, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper come up with another big-time throw and catch. This time down the right sideline.

After Randall Cobb goes in motion, Prescott again knows he has Amari with single coverage at the top of the screen. Much like they did last year in the week 10 matchup where Cooper had more than 200 yards receiving, Prescott puts the ball out in front of Cooper and gives him an opportunity to run under it.

Amari Cooper's ability to use his speed and body positioning to go from out of position to make the play in an instant is an incredible thing to watch. Unlike Dez Bryant, he's not using a jumping ability to beat these defenders to the ball, Cooper's simply using his frame and speed to get into a better position to make these over these shoulder catches down the field.

In three games now against the Philadelphia Eagles, Amari Cooper's caught 21 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, the Cowboys have recorded three huge wins against their NFC East rival in those games.

If and when the Dallas Cowboys extend Amari Cooper this season or in the offseason to a long-term extension, it should send shivers down the spine of the Philadelphia Eagles and their fan base. He's abused the Eagles over the last year and it's unlikely that they'll be better for the next meeting later in the season. At this point, Amari Cooper probably gets really excited to see the Eagles on the other side of the field from him, knowing that there isn't a defensive back that can hang with him in man coverage.


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Jason Garrett Deserves Major Praise For Cowboys Week 7 Win

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Jason Garrett Deserves Major Praise For Cowboys Week 7 Win

Jason Garrett's seat had never been hotter than it was entering Sunday night.

And that's saying a lot.

The much maligned head coach of the Dallas Cowboys has been fending off those who have called for his job since the very day he took the team over from Wade Phillips in 2010. Garrett has been called a yes-man, the "clapper," and flat-out a bad football coach by seemingly every national media outlet despite the success he's had as the coach in Dallas.

That's right, I said success.

Yes, there has been no championship level success under Garrett's regime, but there has been success. Since 2014, Garrett has led the Cowboys to 3 division titles in 5 years and has reached the Divisional round of the playoffs three times. He's 16-5 against the NFC East in the Dak Prescott era, and has the Cowboys in first place of the division through seven weeks once again.

So, there has been success. But certainly not enough of it to defend his every move.

Jason Garrett messed up in New Jersey. There's no way around it. Sloppy game management and poor control of the clock put his team in a tough situation against the Jets, and ultimately led to their disastrous week 6 loss. He was outcoached and out-prepared by a winless team, and suffered one of the worst losses in his era as the team's head coach.


Fans were calling for his job, and rightfully looking for answers as to why such a talented group of players was in the midst of a three game skid that no one had predicted after their fast start to the 2019 season. Dallas' backs were against the wall, and they had to answer against the Eagles in order to salvage a season which had such high hopes just weeks before.

And, as Jason Garrett's teams have done more often than not, the Dallas Cowboys answered. Garrett's Cowboys had been plagued by slow starts during their three game losing streak, but his team came out on fire on Sunday night. Dallas forced two quick fumbles, scored two easy touchdowns, and were up 14-0 before the Eagles had even blinked.

The game was over, and it had just started.Cowboys Defense Dominates in Crucial Win vs Eagles

Jason Garrett is far from perfect as a head coach. He often deserves criticism, and he has some faults which are hard to look past as we project what the Cowboys will be down the stretch of the season. But he deserves major praise for this team's week 7 performance. It would've been easy for the Cowboys to once again come out slow on Sunday, get behind early, and fall into the shell they had found themselves in the previous two weeks.

But instead, they fought. They dominated. And they won.

Games like these are why it's so difficult for the Cowboys to move on from Jason Garrett as their head coach. These teams play hard for him, and they are rarely out of contention on any given Sunday, or during any given season.

Jason Garrett's seat is still hot. The Cowboys will need postseason success to ensure that it cools to a comfortable temperature for the coach this offseason. But kudos to him and the Cowboys for getting a massive win on Sunday night.


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Takeaway Tuesday: DeMarcus Lawrence Silences Doubters vs Eagles

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: DeMarcus Lawrence Silences Doubters vs Eagles

Dallas Cowboys fans should be happy about the change of pace in the conversation surrounding America's Team. A week ago, the talk in Cowboys Nation was all about just how hot was Jason Garrett's seat. Three consecutive losses will do that to most fan bases. Fortunately, though, we can put a pin on that conversation for a while after the Cowboys handily defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 37-10 last Sunday Night.

It was a great team performance all around, but we should dive in to the specifics. Overall, it was a good win to claim the NFC East division lead as the Cowboys get ready to rest this upcoming bye week. Let's get to this week's takeaways!

Ezekiel Elliott Played His Best Game of the Year

The way Ezekiel Elliott ran versus the Eagles' defense reminded me of his rookie season. Elliott has had a pretty good season even though the Cowboys haven't leaned as much on the running game as they had the last few seasons.

Last Sunday, he accounted for 111 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards. But it wasn't about his total yardage. What was special was the way he juked defenders, broke tackles and fought for the dirty yards.

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There was a fire about #21 and I'm sure Cowboys Nation is just as excited as I am to watch it. He truly was something versus the Eagles.

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Ezekiel Elliott's best game of the season BY FAR. Look at this chart from Next Gen Stats. Green lines mean 5+ yards gained or touchdown.

Not to mention, Elliott was extremely effective as he found multiple ways to have 5+ yard run after 5+ yard run. Simply put, an impressive performance from the Cowboys superstar running back.

DeMarcus Lawrence Silenced Doubters

I don't know if it was his huge contract that turned many fans against DeMarcus Lawrence early in the season, but the Cowboys' defensive end managed to silence doubters against the Eagles. On his way to one sack and one forced fumble, Lawrence dominated in the trenches.

He was solid versus the run and kept pressuring Carson Wentz all game long.

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The truth is that D-Law has played well this offseason, but constant double-teams and the lack help from the interior defensive linemen have kept his box score stats down. However, when you look at more advanced metrics such as pass-rush productivity, you'll notice Lawrence is still playing at a very high level.

His play versus the Eagles proved that to many fans watching at home.

I was intrigued by the Cowboys lining him up against the Eagles' LT, trying to exploit the fact that Jason Peters was out injured. I wonder if Rod Marinelli continues to look for favorable match-ups in the future and keeps moving him around occasionally.

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Amari Cooper is Fine

After Amari Cooper's quad injury against the New York Jets, reports emerged on him being in "terrible pain." Many doubted he'd even play against the Philadelphia Eagles but he did, along other key players who were dealing with injuries too. In his return to the field, Cooper led the Cowboys receiving core with 106 yards in only five receptions (five targets).

Once again, his route running was on full display. He managed to burn a secondary that has been far from great this year. The Cowboys needed him to show up, and he delivered. He even caught a 44 yard pass when he absolutely destroyed Eagles DB Rasul Douglas on a double-move. Cooper would also have a diving jaw-dropping catch later in the game.

It's fair to assume he's healthy and ready to go for the rest of the season.

Cowboys Run Defense Still an Issue

Takeaways and a strong defensive performance against the pass secured the win for the Cowboys, but the run defense continues to be a problem for Rod Marinelli's unit. The Eagles running backs combined for 103 rushing yards and Dallas was beaten in the trenches a handful of times on this game.

The linebackers looked drastically better, and Leighton Vander Esch had his best half this season so far. Fortunately, it seems like his injury isn't serious enough for him to miss any additional playing time.

However, there were a handful of plays in which the Cowboys' defensive tackles were pushed around again. If I had to choose one position to upgrade, I wouldn't hesitate to address the interior defensive line. It's a problem.

Tell me what you think about "Takeaway Tuesday: DeMarcus Lawrence Silences Doubters vs Eagles" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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