The Dallas Cowboys will get back to work on Wednesday in preparation of their Week 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings and when they do they will have some familiar faces back in action. One of the more notable returns from the Cowboys this week includes right tackle La’el Collins who is finally back after serving a five-game suspension. What’s more is that the Cowboys activated the practice windows for Michael Gallup, Kelvin Joseph, Francis Bernard, and Trysten Hill so their returns are seemingly right around the corner.
With so many players due to return for Dallas (DeMarcus Lawrence and Neville Gallimore will also be back at some point) many have been wondering where open roster spots will come from. Recently here at BTB our own Danny Phantom took a shot at predicting this idea, but one always unforeseen thing is how injuries are going to take their toll.
Dak Prescott headlined injury news following the team’s win against the New England Patriots two weeks ago, but Brent Urban and Maurice Canady both had their names on the list following Week 6 as well. On Tuesday, the Cowboys placed them on injured reserve which helped create two open roster spots.
Cowboys placed DL Brent Urban (triceps) and CB Maurice Canady (concussion) on injured reserve. Both out at least three weeks. Roster currently stands at 51 players, but rookie CB Kelvin Joseph is among the players nearing a return from IR.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 26, 2021
By being placed on injured reserve both Urban and Canady must miss, at the very least, the next three weeks for the Cowboys. That stretch of time includes games against the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons so there is nothing too intimidating, but being down anyone is never a good thing.
Time will tell exactly when the Cowboys are ready to elevate the likes of Gallup, Joseph, Bernard, or Hill, but the roster composition isn’t putting them in a position where they have to make any tough decisions quite yet.
Hopefully Brent Urban and Maurice Canady get right as soon as possible.