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Sources: Cowboys Morris Claiborne Could Face Surgery For Sports Hernia Injury

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After the good news of last night, there are a few black clouds on the horizon.

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The Cowboys pulled out a thrilling win over the Eagles last night, but it looks like it didn’t come without consequences. A few players suffered injuries, hitting the defensive secondary hard.

Sources are reporting that Morris Claiborne will possibly have surgery for a sports hernia. After all the injuries Claiborne has battled though, it looks like he will have to do it again.

From Todd Archer:

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is looking at a prolonged absence because of a sports hernia suffered in Sunday's overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources.

Claiborne could need surgery to repair the injury but it would not necessarily end his season. In 2008, cornerback Terence Newman had surgery for a similar injury and returned after six weeks.

That kind of schedule would put Claiborne out until late in the season, perhaps coming back for a playoff run. If these reports are true, Anthony Brown becomes a very important player for the Cowboys. The return of Orlando Scandrick is fortuitous, given the prospect of a Claiborne surgery.

Claiborne wasn’t the only member of the secondary to leave the game with injury. Safety Barry Church reportedly fractured his forearm in the game, that would lead to an extended absence. J.J. Wilcox would step into the starting role, while Jeff Heath would probably see more time in the rotation on defense.