#DALvsDET Injury Report: Cowboys Thin at Defensive Line

    With the Giants' loss last Thursday, Dallas clinched the and the top seed in the . They have nothing to play for at this point other than sustaining their own rhythm and momentum.

    The Lions can lose this game and still win the North by beating the Packers next week. It's not a meaningless game for them, though, as they could need it in the race. A win this week guarantees that they will make the playoffs. Losses this week and next could allow the Buccaneers to catch up with them.

    Here is the final from each team based on their Saturday practices.

    • LP – Limited Participate
    • DNP – Did Not Participate 
    • OUT – Already Ruled Out

    Dallas Cowboys

    Tyron Smith
    Louis DeLuca / The

    Even before Dallas had clinched everything, there was talk that we might not see Lawrence or Claiborne back until the postseason. This is guaranteed now as the two key defenders will try to get as healthy as possible before the games matter again.

    Thornton being out and Crawford looking doubtful leave Dallas pretty thin on the . Thankfully, will be back to help. Even he's not effective after so much missed time, all the Cowboys need right now is another able body. This also gives Dallas an opportunity to increase 's playing time and see how he responds.

    Tyron Smith presents the team with a bit of a dilemma. They would love to give the veteran time off for his nagging back issue. However, that would mean starting the inexperienced at and having no other on reserve. Smith may have to play as long as or are at .

    Unlike Smith, Dallas can afford to rest Sean Lee. He may have to dress based on numbers, but I would expect Andrew Gachkar, , and to get plenty of extra time.

    Detroit Lions

    Darius Slay
    CB Darius Slay
    • RB  Theo Riddick (wrist) – DNP
    • C Travis Swanson (concussion) – OUT
    • LB DeAndre Levy (knee) – LP
    • CB Darius Slay (hamstring) – DNP

    The Lions will be without some key players as they try to push towards the postseason. The only confirmed out is starting Travis Swanson, who could not return to practice and failed concussion protocol for the third week. Rookie Graham Glasgow, who was a starting , has been playing center during his absence.

    Starting Theo Riddick and top Darius Slap are both doubtful after not practicing all week. Detroit likely won't risk them tonight, being much more concerned about defeating the Packers next week. Veteran DeAndre Levy has a knee issue but will likely play tonight.

    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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