Today was a big day of celebration for the Dallas Cowboys and the fanbase. Dallas finished with a 12-4 record, tied for the best in the entire NFL. They routed their division rival Washington. They finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record on the road. They finished December a perfect 4-0. The team has scored more than 38 points in those four December games. The defense has been getting turnovers on a consistent basis. They are hosting a playoff game after winning the NFC East.
But with the good, there always seems to be a hint of bad. The bad for the Cowboys is linebacker Anthony Hitchens reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain in the Washington game. Hitchens has been getting increasingly better as the season has rolled on, basically becoming the second-best linebacker behind Rolando McClain. High ankle sprains usually mean a few weeks to a month or more of rehab time. But, part-time doctor Jerry Jones hopes this isn't a serious sprain.
Rookie Anthony Hitchens, who has played as well as any linebacker over the last month, suffered a right high ankle sprain. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said "hopefully" Hitchens’ high ankle sprain isn’t serious. Hitchens will be further evaluated Monday.
We'll have to wait a couple of days to find out how bad it is and if Hitchens will get a chance to play in the upcoming playoffs. Luckily, the Cowboys should have Rolando McClain back for next week.
Linebacker Rolando McClain remained in Dallas with an illness. "He wanted to come, but by the time we were leaving [Saturday], nothing had really changed, so it was in the best interests of him and the football team not to be here," Garrett said.
Also injured in the Washington game was defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton suffered a left knee injury and did not play in the second half. It is the same knee in which he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last year. Coach Jason Garrett and Jones were not sure of the severity.