To say that things have been challenging for the Dallas Cowboys on the injury front would be a bit casual. Despite the fact that we are only at Week 3 of the season, America’s Team has had to get creative in several different ways. Michael Gallup, La’el Collins, Zack Martin, Randy Gregory, and DeMarcus Lawrence are just some of the players who have already missed time during this campaign and unfortunately it appears as if names are going to continue to be added to the list.
Wednesday it was reported that linebacker Keanu Neal was being added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list as a high-risk contact and it remains to be seen whether or not he will play on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. As preparations begin in earnest for the game, it seems as if Dorance Armstrong and Carlos Watkins will miss the primetime affair.
The Cowboys are likely to be without DE Dorance Armstrong (high ankle) and DT Carlos Watkins (knee) Monday vs. the Eagles, according to sources. Likely more DE work for Micah Parsons. Maybe a PS call-up for DT Justin Hamilton.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 22, 2021
McCarthy mentioned the injuries that Armstrong (ankle) and Watkins (knee) were dealing with when he met with the media on Monday following the team’s win against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he didn’t intimate that either one was going to be something that would lead to missed time. Obviously things have changed a bit since then.
ESPN’s Todd Archer noted that this news could lead to more work for rookie Micah Parsons along the defensive line as he played defensive end last week with both DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory out. The latter is expected to return this week but if Dorance Armstrong isn’t there to rush opposite of him then Parson’s services might be required once more up front.
Buckle up. It’s going to be another bumpy week.