The Dallas Cowboys were unable to practice in the regular way at The Star, instead holding a virtual practice after a report of a positive COVID-19 case. The Cowboys had to undergo extended protocols because of the test and so today’s final injury report will only be an estimate.
A player on Cowboys' 53-man roster has tested positive for COVID-19, a source said. This is the third player case during the regular season and second for a player on 53-man roster. QB Andy Dalton and DT Walter Palmore were the others.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) January 1, 2021
It turns out they had to place two players on the COVID-19 list. Justin Hamilton and Darian Thompson will be out.
Breaking: Cowboys are placing DT Justin Hamilton and S Darian Thompson on reserve/COVID-19 list, source tells @usatodaysports— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) January 1, 2021
The Cowboys are expecting to practice on Saturday.
Mike McCarthy: “We’re using the contact tracing and all the protocols that we’ve been using.” McCarthy expects the team to practice tomorrow https://t.co/cbSPyo5XlI— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 1, 2021
As for the rest of the injuries, the Cowboys will be without Leighton Vander Esch as expected. There also doesn’t look like a miracle recovery from Zack Martin for this week. Rashard Robinson has also been ruled out.
Ezekiel Elliott is a go as he’s stayed off the injury list. Chidobe Awuzie was also able to get himself right and should be a go. Donovan Wilson returned to practice and was a full participant. Xavier Woods is listed as questionable but coach McCarthy has made it sound like he’ll be able to play.
The Giants are dealing with their own COVID-19 issue.
So far, no other problems from that positive test have been reported.
Here is the full injury report for the game.
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith is questionable for Sunday night’s regular-season finale against the Eagles.
Coach Ron Rivera said today that Smith will be listed as questionable and it’s too soon to say whether Smith’s calf injury will be sufficiently healed for him to play, but Rivera did indicate that Smith seemed to be feeling good in practice.
From NFL Now: More positive signs for Washington QB Alex Smith. pic.twitter.com/s3BakSfWtG— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2021
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism on Thursday about the chances of having wide receiver Terry McLaurin and running back Antonio Gibson in the lineup on Sunday night, but neither one got on the practice field on Friday.
The Eagles will be down quite a few players for Sunday night. In fact, it almost looks like they are just shutting it down, dimming the hope of the Cowboys to make the playoffs.
Here is the final injury report for the Washington and Philadelphia game.