The Dallas Cowboys are on a short week following their Tuesday night game against the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday afternoon will be here quickly and they will be on the road again for another AFC North contest, this one against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cincy isn’t exactly among the league’s best teams at the moment, but Dallas is struggling. The Cowboys can use all of the help that they can get as they have operated for a lot of the season without many of their top players and they will continue to do that again in a few days.
This season has been unlike any other in that COVID-19 has continued to present challenge after challenge and complication after complication. The entire reason that the Cowboys played on Tuesday night was due to tests for the Ravens coming up as positive, but now the Cowboys themselves are making a move related to the coronavirus.
Chidobe Awuzie is expected to miss Sunday’s game after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list
Tuesday night’s game against the Ravens got off to a rocky start before it even began as former Cowboys and current Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant wasn’t allowed to play after he tested positive (Dez tweeted on Thursday that he has since tested negative).
The Cowboys have an issue of their own as it relates to COVID-19. On Thursday they placed cornerback Chidobe Awuzie on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and he is expected to miss this week’s game against the Bengals.
Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie is expected to miss Sunday's game vs. Bengals. A player who hasn't tested positive for the coronavirus but is deemed a high-risk close contact must quarantine for five days before eligible to rejoin team. Not enough time for Awuzie in best-case scenario. https://t.co/PdXfcqs23T— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 10, 2020
Our thoughts and well wishes are with Awuzie, we obviously want him to remain healthy above all else.
From a football standpoint, the Cowboys are now down what is currently their best cornerback. The team finally activated rookie safety Reggie Robinson on Tuesday night but hardly played him, perhaps they will now have to lean on him in some way, shape, or form due to Awuzie’s absence.