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Injury Update: Latest On Morris Claiborne, Barry Church From Jason Garrett’s Press Conference

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Injury Update: Latest On Morris Claiborne, Barry Church From Jason Garrett's Press Conference

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.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

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.

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

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.

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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.

David J. Chao, MD on Twitter

Not all sports hernias need surgery, but if so, expect 6-8 wk recovery for #MoClaiborne @dallascowboys.

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.

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

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!

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

Brian Martin



REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

Brian Martin



BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

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