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Sources: Cowboys fear Anthony Hitchens may be lost for the season from knee injury

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The Cowboys linebacker hurt his knee in the preseason game against the Raiders.

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The Dallas Cowboys suffered a couple of injuries in the Raiders to guys who could have major roles this season. Chaz Green, possible starting left guard, hurt his ankle, but the more serious looking one was to Anthony Hitchens, the Cowboys starting middle linebacker unless Jaylon Smith beats him out.

Late in the second quarter, just before halftime, Hitchens went down to the turf and stayed there for a while as the trainers took a look at his knee and lower leg. They finally led him off the field very gingerly. Ian Rapoport reports:

Jason Garrett will only say Hitchens will have an MRI to see the amount of damage.

One report had Hitchens wearing a heavy knee brace after the game.

Hitchens was having a great camp and was playing well in the preseason, he looked determine to hold off any challenge from Jaylon Smith for the starting middle linebacker spot. If Hitchens is seriously hurt or out for the year, and the Cowboys lose Damien Wilson to any kind of suspension, then Smith and Justin Durant become extremely important Cowboys for the foreseeable future. The fact that Durant is now ready to practice and play is a blessing for a position that could use some veteran insurance.

We’re hoping Hitchens isn’t lost for the year, but if he is, the Cowboys will have to test Smith more than they would probably have liked to early on.