The Dallas Cowboys can't get away from injuries this season. Today, they learned that starting defensive end Marcus Spears will miss at least 4-6 weeks with a torn calf muscle. He could be moved to injured reserve if the Cowboys sign someone to help out, which is in the plans (see below). If that wasn't enough, Sean Lissemore, who they were using as a backup at defensive end, has a high ankle sprain and will miss at least a month. Don't forget, we're already missing defensive end Jason Hatcher who is still trying to recover from a groin injury and is probably a couple more weeks away from playing.
Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer has a shoulder injury, his status is unknown. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is still trying to recover from a high ankle sprain and Montrae Holland is working on his recovery from a groin injury. Luckily, Kyle Kosier returned against the Packers and was able to play the whole game without incident.
And, of course, Tony Romo is still out with the broken collarbone.
The injuries to Spears, Lissemore and Hatcher leave the Cowboys dangerously thin at defensive end. The mothership reports the following:
On Tuesday they were close to signing free agent Jeremy Clark, a 6-3, 295-pound lineman who played four games for the New York Giants in 2008, but hasn't been on a roster this season after being cut out of training camp by Arizona. To clear room for Clark, it appears Spears could be placed on the season-ending injured reserve.
The DMN reports they have actually agreed to terms with Jeremy Clark, but until he signs the contract on Wednesday, they don't have to make a roster move.
Stephen Bowen and Igor Olshansky will be the starters this Sunday.