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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Expected to Play Sunday

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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Expected to Play Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys got some fantastic news today about their starting free safety. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Xavier Woods is expected to play this Sunday against the Saints without any limitations.

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Xavier Woods said he expects to play Sunday night. He doesn't expect to have any limitations.

Woods suffered a high ankle sprain in the Cowboys week two victory over the Washington Redskins. The original timetable for his return was 4-6 weeks, but DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus tweeted that Woods wouldn't be out that long, and in fact, might only miss one game. All signs point to that being the case as Woods would have only missed last week's blow out win over the Miami Dolphins.

Safety Darian Thompson was pretty solid last week in place of Woods with 3 tackles and a pass breakup, now it's time to get the Cowboys rising star at free safety back to pair with the hard-hitting Jeff Heath, who has had a good start to the 2019 season with 16 tackles and 4 passes defended. Even without Drew Brees, the Saints have weapons like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara for backup Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to attack with. The news of Xavier Woods expecting to see the field Sunday has to have the Cowboys ecstatic heading into the weekend.


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REPORT: Tyrone Crawford Having Season-Ending Surgery, Headed to IR

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And the hits keep coming. Defensive Tackle/Defensive End Tyrone Crawford will have season-ending hip surgery and is expected to be placed on the Injured Reserve.

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Source: Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is being placed on injured reserve. He has been dealing with a hip injury since last season. He was held out of training camp because of it and has struggled to play through it this season

Tyrone Crawford is yet another player on a long list for the Dallas Cowboys who have recently succumbed to the injury bug. With the bye week still a week away and the Philadelphia Eagles up next on the schedule, all of these injuries are happening at the most inopportune time.

All of these injuries put the Dallas Cowboys in a tough position this week against the Eagles.  The NFC East division hangs in the balance and you can bet the absence of Tyrone Crawford will have an impact on the game one way or another. That's the short term though. How Crawford's injury impacts the Cowboys long-term has yet to be determined.

Replacing someone with the versatility to play either DT or DE won't be easy for Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys defense. His versatility has been invaluable over the years, which makes it all that much harder to find a replacement.

Luckily, the Cowboys had the foresight to try to address the DL this offseason. They added DT Christian Covington through free agency, drafted DT Trysten Hill, and even brought in a few undrafted free agents who showed promise in preseason. Someone out of this group will have to step up, but who?


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Tyron Smith Likely to Return Against Jets, La’el Collins Also Possible

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Missing Tyron Smith last week as a significant factor in the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the Green Bay Packers. Losing La'el Collins midway through the game certainly didn't help, either. Thankfully, the Cowboys may be getting both starting offensive tackles back this week when they face the New York Jets.

In a radio show appearance earlier today, Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones stated that Smith was on pace to get back on the field this Sunday in New York. There is not the same certainty around Collins, but a recent knee MRI was negative for any major injury.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones tells @1053thefan that Tyron Smith's progress from a sprained ankle looks "promising" with the Jets up next, but they'll see how the week goes. Jones not ruling out La'el Collins (sprained knee) either. #cowboyswire

Assuming Tyron is able to play but La'el is not, we will likely see Cameron Fleming starting at right tackle against the Jets.

Fleming played on the left side last week with Smith out, and backup Brandon Knight came in the game once Collins was injured. Knight had a solid game in his first regular season action, so perhaps Dallas would consider giving him the opportunity to play again this week.

The Jets only have six sacks on the year, which is near the bottom of the league, so Dallas may also be tempted to give Collins an extra week off. Week 7's critical matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles has to already be weighing on their minds.

Even if we only get Tyron Smith back this week, that will go a long way to helping stabilize the offense and giving Dallas a better opportunity to win.


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Report: Cowboys RT La’el Collins Expected to Play Sunday

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Report: Cowboys RT La'el Collins Expected to Play Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys just got a bit of good news today in the midst of a number of injuries mounting on the roster. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Right Tackle La'el Collins is expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

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While left tackle Tyron Smith is not expected to play Sunday, the Cowboys will have right tackle La'el Collins in the lineup, according to a source. Collins didn't practice Thursday but is expected to get in some work Friday. The Cowboys will also... https://t.co/G2SN9flikD

He's been dealing with a back issue that has kept him out of practice the last two days. Collins has been one of the best right tackles in the NFL so far in 2019 after signing a five-year 50 million dollar extension with 35 million in guarantees last month. If Collins couldn't go the Cowboys were looking to slide Left Guard Connor Williams to right tackle considering he played left tackle in college at Texas for three years.

This news couldn't have come at a better time considering the Cowboys will be without All-Pro Left Tackle Tyron Smith who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. The Packers run defense has been one of the worst in football in the first month of the season. With Collins now back in the lineup, the Cowboys can establish the run game a lot easier with All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott.


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