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    #DALvsMIN Injury Report: Big Return for Cowboys, Bad Loss for Vikings

    The Cowboys are marching closer to clinching a playoff spot, division title, and perhaps greater rewards. The Vikings are looking to stay afloat in the North and playoff picture over all. As these two teams face off tonight, here's a quick look at the situations for both teams.

    The following is based on the teams' final Wednesday practices:

    DNP – Did Not Practice
    LP – Limited Participant
    OUT – Already Ruled Out

    Cowboys Headlines - Film Review: Cowboys Linebacker Justin Durant
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    Dallas Cowboys

    The biggest news here is that Barry Church will be returning to duty from his broken forearm. It's a timely return as J.J. Wilcox will now be out. With Minnesota always leaning on their for offensive hope, getting Church back is big for the Cowboys' struggling pass .

    Names like Tyron Smith and DeMarcus Lawrence are going to be here every week with nagging . They have nagging issues which won't keep them out of games but will limit their practice participation likely through the season.

    It's unfortunate to be without Justin Durant for this game. He's primarily been playing in passing situations alongside , so he will be missed as the Vikings look to exploit Dallas through the air.

    Minnesota Vikings

    • Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsMIN Injury Report:
      Pioneer Press: John Autey

      C (concussion) – OUT

    • DT Shariff Floyd (knee) – OUT
    • CB Marcus Sherels (rib) – OUT
    • CB Mackensie Alexander (groin) – LP

    The loss of their starting is huge for Minnesota. Berger, who had a brief backup role in Dallas from 2006-2007, has started every game since Week 8 of the 2014 season. The Vikings already have the league's worst rushing , so this injury hurts a lot.

    It's worth mentioning the horrible time that Minnesota's had with offensive tackles. Veterans Matt Kalil, , and Jake Long have all found their way to during the year. The Vikings are already surrendering over two per game, which will now be compounded by the loss of Joe Berger. If the Cowboys can't gets sacks against this team, then they never will.

    The defensive injuries aren't critical.  Shariff Floyd, the former 2013 first-round pick, is still just a backup. Neither of the injured cornerbacks are in the top four of Minnesota's CB .

     

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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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