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Week 17 injury report: Cowboys may be without 2 key players against Titans

After edging out the in a nail-biter on Christmas Eve, the turnaround on a short week to battle the in Nashville on Thursday night.

While the quick return of sounds and sights of Cowboys football may sound great to fans — it's not boding well for the actual team since they are dealing with — and those banged-up players may not recover in time to suit up.

According to Cowboys reporter Michael Gehlken, the Boys have several players on their this week. They include LBs and , DEs , , and , WR , S , G , and RB .

While Armstrong, Brown, and Martin logged full practices (which means they likely play), and Kearse, Parsons, Williams, and Lawrence got limited practice sessions (which indicates they could play), two players logged DNPs on both days.

Those two were Vander Esch and Pollard.

For Vander Esch — he's still dealing with a neck injury that he suffered against the Jaguars. There was a good sign of him rehabbing in a photo that Cowboys writer Patrik Walker posted on Twitter, but as Walker indicates, the team wants him healthy for playoffs.

Shifting to Pollard, while he hasn't practiced at all, the team and Cowboys owner Jerry sound confident that he will play. Although you expect your team to be optimistic about their players — it wouldn't be surprising if he were to miss.

Cowboys HC did say on Tuesday that the team is ensuring third-string RB Malik Davis is getting a good amount of reps. So, that could foreshadow they're prepping for an - game.

Tennessee Titans Injury Notes

As a bonus, I wanted to add injury updates for the Tennessee Titans. Typically in the past, I did my honorary “Who's in, Who's out” post for the games — but I thought I would mix it up this week.

Anyways.

On the Titans' side, they're dealing with more injuries than the Boys. According to Titans reporter Jim Wyatt, the team has 12 players on the injury report. Seven have not practiced at all this week, and five are limited.

Their two most notable players on the injury report are QB and RB . While you would want your QB-RB duo in a Thursday night primetime game, this game is technically “meaningless” for the Titans, as the game outcome doesn't affect their playoff standings.

With numerous injuries across the board, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team elect to rest their players for next week's showdown with the . They need all hands on deck, as the winner of that game wins the AFC South.

You can expect more definitive game statuses from both teams Wednesday afternoon or closer to game time.

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
Rolling with the Boyz since 96'. Chop up sports with me on Twitter @rockssjr.

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