This week, the Dallas Cowboys head out on the road to take on the Tennessee Titans. They got some bad news earlier today at linebacker when it was announced that Justin Durant was going to miss 3-4 weeks with a groin injury. Once the Cowboys did assemble at practice, all eyes were looking for his replacement. Based on today, Anthony Hitchens is going to get the first look.
With Justin Durant likely out the next three or four weeks, rookie Anthony Hitchens was working with the Dallas Cowboys’ first-team defensive unit at weakside linebacker during Wednesday’s practice.
"It’s just another football game," Hitchens said. "Last week, I studied like I was a starter. I’m going to do the same thing this week, continue studying. If I’m playing or not playing, I’m studying like I’m playing, so I don’t get caught off guard."
When the Cowboys are in a base we should see Bruce Carter on the strongside, Rolando McClain in the middle and Hitchens on the weakside. Once they go to the nickel it's expected that Carter and McClain will stay on the field, but we'll track that as the week progresses.
Four players missed today's practice including Durant. The other three were Anthony Spencer, C.J. Spillman and Darrion Weems. George Selvie practiced but was still considered limited. The good news is Terrell McClain practiced and is expected to get reps in the upcoming game.
Over on the Titans ledger, they lost a starting linebacker, Zach Brown, for the season.
Titans linebacker Zach Brown suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday's game against the Chiefs and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Brown spent most of last season in the doghouse with the previous coaching staff, and got off to a slow start with the new staff, but he managed to lock down a place in the starting lineup at inside linebacker.
He will likely be replaced by Zavier Gooden. Otherwise, the Titans came out of their win over the Chiefs healthy.