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Cowboys Have Second Fewest Players On Injured Reserve

The Cowboys have not exactly been a model of health this year. Key players on offense and defense have missed significant playing time. Miles Austin, Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Felix Jones are just some of the starters who've missed multiple games due to injuries. Others, like Tony Romo and Sean Lee, have played through injuries.

Yet a look at the official NFL transactions report shows that the Cowboys only have three players on injured reserve, the second fewest in the league.

Undrafted wide receiver Raymond Radway, who reportedly was a lock to make the team out of training camp, broke his leg in camp. Bill Nagy broke his ankle against the Patriots and David Buehler was put on IR with a groin injury.

With the status of Jon Kitna and Tony Fiammetta up in the air, the Cowboys' total could rise to five players on IR soon, but for now, only the Falcons and Eagles have fewer players on IR with two each.

After the break, we look at which NFL teams have been hit particularly hard, and what the leading injuries are.

257 NFL players have been put on IR so far this season, an average of eight per team. By far the leading reason provided for putting players on IR are knee injuries, which 69 players, or one quarter of all players, suffered (45 general knee injuries, 22 ACL or MCL tears, 2 Patella tendon tears). 38 players on IR were reported to have suffered undisclosed injuries. 24 had some form of shoulder injury, 17 had torn Achilles tendons and 12 had some type of ankle injuries.

Here's how the league stacks up in terms of players on IR through Week 12:

Rank Team Players on IR Rank Team Players on IR
1 ATL 2 15 WAS 7
1 PHI 2 18 DET 8
3 DAL 3 19 ARI 9
3 MIN 3 19 IND 9
5 CIN 4 19 NO 9
5 CLE 4 19 SD 9
5 GB 4 23 DEN 10
8 BAL 5 23 NE 10
8 MIA 5 23 OAK 10
8 PIT 5 26 SEA 11
8 SF 5 27 CAR 13
12 CHI 6 27 HOU 13
12 NYJ 6 27 NYG 13
12 TEN 6 30 BUF 17
15 KC 7 30 STL 17
15 TB 7 32 JAC 18

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