J.J. Wilcoxsuffered a knee injury in Thursday's practice and will undergo an MRI later in the afternoon. The Cowboys are fearing a possible MCL sprain but at this point, before the test results, it doesn't appear to be a season-ending injury. The injury occurred in the red-zone drills when he battled tight end Gavin Escobarfor a ball in the end zone and came down awkwardly on his knee.
Depending on the outcome of the MRI, the team may have to start UDFA rookie Jeff Heath and might also have to call up Jakar Hamilton from the practice squad for depth. The team does not want to have to rely on special teams ace Danny McCray, who was not impressive in coverage in 2012 when he had to be used. Heath is also nicked up with an injury to his right forearm but is reportedly able to play through it.
Wilcox has been impressive in winning the starting job, and was just listed as number 30 on Mel Kiper's list of the top NFL rookies (currently behind the pay wall at ESPN). He had arguably his best game of the season against the Eagles, including a beautiful pass break up against DeSean Jackson to save a touchdown after the Tony Romo interception in the third quarter. With a real lack of depth in the secondary this is a matter of some concern but Heath has looked good so far after battling his way to a spot on the roster. If Wilcox is indeed out for a game or more, Heath will have an opportunity to make his mark and the team needs him to step up.
MRI showed S JJ Wilcox has a sprained knee.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 24, 2013