The Dallas Cowboys overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles did not come at a potentially high cost to their secondary, as key starters Morris Claiborne and Barry Church both exited with injuries and did not return.
Just moments ago, Head Coach Jason Garrett provided an update on these two veterans from The Star.
Garrett confirms Barry Church broke his forearm. Initial determination is not to do surgery, but could be out an extended period of time.
Safety Barry Church's injury appeared to be the easier of the two to diagnose, as these reports of a broken forearm were put out during the game last night. Now that it is confirmed the day after, Church is looking at missing some time, but potentially avoiding surgery.
Barry broke his forearm. He's not going to be able to play this week, and might be out for an extended period of time.
With Church sidelined for the near future, the Cowboys will be losing a strong safety that has shined as a pass and run defender this season - on top of his role as a vocal leader for Rod Marinelli's unit.
Church has two interceptions on the season, along with three pass breakups, and 34 tackles.
CB Morris Claiborne has been one of the best individual stories on this 2016 Cowboys team, escaping some injury scares earlier in the year to play in every game to date. Not only has Claiborne been on the field, but he's been Dallas' best corner, improving from the confident play that he put on display in 2015.
In another contract year, Claiborne's injury is tough, because the timetable for his return is unclear. Initially, the Cowboys feared that it was a sports hernia that Claiborne suffered in the fourth quarter.
Garrett was also unsure if Claiborne will require surgery, but the team certainly does not anticipate him practicing this week, or playing in the coming weeks.
Not all sports hernias need surgery, but if so, expect 6-8 wk recovery for #MoClaiborne @dallascowboys. https://t.co/LgZbfr4OUo
Looking ahead to a Week 9 match up in Cleveland, the Cowboys certainly have enough depth in the secondary to still feel confident going against the win-less Browns. As expected, Garrett is counting on the guys that are already here to step up, even mentioning Leon McFadden - who Dallas went out and added to the practice squad last week.
JG unsure on if 24 or 42 will have surgery. Confident they can get the job done with who they have - "You certainly want to start here.
Orlando Scandrick is back into the starting lineup, which limited rookie Anthony Brown's playing time last night. Now, both Brown and Scandrick should see more time on the field together.
According to Garrett, Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier will also be options at safety to play next to Byron Jones - who has the versatility to come down and cover as corner if needed.
As new information becomes available on Morris Claiborne and Barry Church, Inside The Star will have you covered. Follow us on Twitter @CowboysNation to stay informed!
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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