Week 1 Injury Report for Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers

The Dallas Cowboys are headed to Charlotte, NC today to kick off their against the Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately, both teams have some key players on their going into this game.

Given that it's just , it's hard to say how much some of these injuries will impact either team. We may not yet realize how good, or bad, some of the depth options are.

But guys like Travis Frederick and Greg Olsen aren't replaced easily, so clearly there will be some adverse effect from their absences. Let's take a closer look at these and other injuries.

Dallas Cowboys

The big name here is the All-Pro Frederick, who is out for an undetermined period of time with a neurological issue. will start during Travis' absence, and Dallas signed veteran off waivers to be the backup center. Missing Frederick hurts against the Panthers, given they have Kawann Short and at defensive .

At , Xavier Woods was expected to miss the first few weeks with his hamstring injury. Thankfully, though, it appears Kavon Frazier will be okay after being a full participant in Friday's practice. He will start alongside in the defensive backfield.

Also on the report but seemingly okay to play is starting CB Chidobe Awuzie. A back injury limited him in practice this week, but the second-year stud also participated fully on Friday and should be good to go.

Dallas had planned to put Datone Jones on this week but changed their minds. They will carry him on the roster for now, hoping he can return sooner than the eight-week option to recall a player from IR.

Week 1 Injury Report for Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen

Carolina Panthers

  • WR – OUT (illness)
  • TE Greg Olsen – Questionable (back)
  • TE Chris Manhertz – Questionable (foot)
  • G Amini Silatolu – Questionable (knee)
  • T Daryl Williams – Questionable (knee)

One of the best tight ends in football for many years, Olsen was a late addition to the injury report with a back issue. His status for today's game is unknown, and it would be a huge loss for the Panthers to lose 's favorite target.

To make matters worse, backup TE Chris Manhertz has been limited all week with a foot injury. If neither Olsen or Manhertz can go, that would leave fourth-round rookie Ian Thomas as the only other TE on the roster.

Carolina is also banged up on the . Starting tackle Matt Kalil is already on injured reserve, and now Silatolu and Williams, the starting and , are also questionable with knee issues. This is bad news for the Panthers against an emerging Cowboys .

Lastly, Cutis Samuel is out after a minor procedure for a heart condition. A second-round pick last year, Samuel has yet to establish himself in the but would obviously be a guy the Panthers want to utilize given where he was drafted.

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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