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    #DALvsNYG Injury Report: Both Teams Missing Key Defensive Players

    The Cowboys can clinch a division title and perhaps more with a win over the Giants tonight. They also seek to avenge their only loss so far in 2016.

    After playing a Thursday night game a week ago, Dallas has a few extra days rest going into this game. Still, they will be missing one of their defensive starters.

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

    Cowboys Headlines - What can the Cowboys Expect from DeMarcus Lawrence in 2016?DNP – Did Not Practice
    LP – Limited Participant
    OUT – Already Ruled Out

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    Morris Claiborne remains out with his groin and will certainly be missed against the Giants' receivers. He would have likely matched up with on many plays. With Orlando Scandrick battling plantar fasciitis, we will likely see rookie covering OBJ more than any other corner.

    DeMarcus Lawrence missed the last two days of practice with back issues. This could be a major blow for the Cowboys if he can't go. Though he only has one sack so far in 2016, Lawrence has been the most consistently disruptive pass rusher and getting pressure on is critical.

    The extra rest will be critical for veteran battling chronic issues. Tyron Smith and Orlando Scandrick will greatly benefit and have critical responsibilities in their matchups against New York.

    Although not injury related, it's worth noting that receiver will miss the game after a violation of team rules. We will likely see handling kickoff returns and on punts.

     

    Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG Injury Report: Both Teams Missing Key Defensive PlayersNew York Giants

    • WR (ankle) – LP
    • G (knee) – LP
    • DE (core) – OUT
    • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee) – LP
    • DT Jonathan Hankins (quads) – LP
    • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) – OUT
    • CB Coty Sensabaugh (ribs) – LP
    • S Nat Berhe (concussion) – OUT

    Obviously, the injury to JPP looms large for New York. He has seven this year and is the catalyst for their . He would normally line up against the right , so this is huge as has been struggling in pass protection as of late.

    The absence of Pierre-Paul will allow Dallas to focus on . They will likely trust Tyron Smith to handle business but may be able to give him some help if needed. None of the Giants reserve pass rushers are proven, but they will still want to make sure that Free isn't making one of them a breakout star.

    No other injury is nearly as significant, but there are a few notables. Former Cowboy Dwayne Harris missed most of the week and was limited on Friday. He is their return man on kickoffs and punts and had a 100-yard touchdown against Dallas last year.

    Justin Pugh is expected to return after missing the last four games with a knee injury. He is the Giants' best offensive lineman and a key to any rushing success they hope to have.

    Starting Jonathan Hankins only practiced on Friday and was limited with a quadriceps injury. If he can't go or isn't playing at full speed, that only compounds the defensive line issues they already have with JPP's absence.

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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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