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Xavier Woods is unlikely to play Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers

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The Cowboys will likely be without their starting safety.

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The Cowboys have a safety issue, but that’s somewhat been the case for a while now.

Unfortunately for the team, whatever issue they had at safety was exacerbated a week and a half ago when starting free safety Xavier Woods suffered a hamstring injury against the Carolina Panthers. Not only is Woods a starter, he’s 33% of the projected safeties on the roster. An injury to him is not ideal.

Jerry Jones discussed Woods on his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan and added credence to what we’ve all thought for a while now. He probably isn’t going to play in the season opener next Sunday (by the way how cool is it that I said next Sunday?).

Matters were made all the worse for the Cowboys safeties against the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday night when Kavon Frazier suffered a left shoulder injury. Thankfully he ended up being fine, but for a second the Cowboys were looking at a one-legged tripod in Jeff Heath.

We’re nearing roster cutdown day so maybe the Cowboys have a plan that they’re keeping close to the vest for now. Maybe they have their eyes set on somebody that’s likely meeting the Turk this week, maybe they have somebody else in mind, or maybe they think the combo of Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier is the answer against the Panthers. We’ll have to wait and see.