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Will Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods Return This Week?

The have been without one of their defensive starters for the first two weeks of 2018; . A hamstring has kept him in street clothes so far, but Woods could make his season debut this week against the .

The positive update on Woods' status was provided by Owner in his regular radio appearance this morning.

Gregory has already played this year, suffering his concussion and leaving the season opener against the . Even in his absence last week, the Cowboys got six on in their victory over the Giants.

That's not to say getting Randy back isn't noteworthy, but the real news here is the potential for Xavier Woods to take his place as the team's starting .

While Woods has been out, has been the free safety while has started at strong. The plan going into 2018 was for Heath to play , putting him closer to the line of scrimmage where his skills are best suited.

Xavier was one of the team's most exciting rookies last year, flashing the potential to be a game-changing presence.

Woods' upside is one of the reasons some fans haven't been as desperate about the situation. While Thomas would be an upgrade in almost any , including the Cowboys, the chance to see what Xavier has mitigated disappointment over not acquiring the All-Pro safety.

Xavier Woods
Dallas Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods

If Woods can provide what the team hopes for at free safety, it has a positive ripple effect for the roster. Not only do you upgrade at FS, but Heath moving to his ideal role at SS is another improvement.

It also moves Frazier, who's been solid in his playing time, into a valuable bench role. It gives Dallas depth at safety which, up til now, they've lacked in Xavier's absence.

The loser in this deal would likely be either veteran backup Ibraheim Campbell, who Dallas signed two weeks ago to deal with their depth issues, or undrafted rookie . Robinson has been with the team since they signed him immediately after the .

With talk that the Cowboys are looking to bring back WR , a roster spot will be needed. Xavier Woods' return could allow for that spot to come from safety rather than receiver, where Dallas is hesitant to part with any of its current players.

In the end, all we have right now is a “maybe” about Woods' status. But with Dallas' defense already performing well this year, the thought of getting even better is enticing. With the tough road environment of Seattle and coming up this Sunday, getting Xavier back could be timely.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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