The Dallas Cowboys got their bounce-back win, and in the process hoped to have regained their confidence, their mojo, their momentum or however you want to term it. A 38-3 romp over a coach like Bill Belichick will put some wind in your sails. But things only get harder.
Dallas has to play the San Francisco 49ers this coming Sunday night, and the Niners look like one of the very elite teams in the league. The Cowboys have lost twice in consecutive years to the 49ers in the playoffs, and will need all hands on deck to win this time.
Coach Mike McCarthy let us know the early prognosis of all hands being on deck today when he discussed the Cowboys injuries.
Rico Dowdle missed much of the Pats game and we learned he has a bruised hip. At the same time, Zack Martin is dealing with a bruised quadricep injury.
After an MRI, RB Rico Dowdle has a bruised hip. Unclear what his status would be going forward. Was not on crutches postgame Sunday. RG Zack Martin is dealing with a bruised quadriceps. Will hopefully learn more when Mike McCarthy talks today— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) October 2, 2023
McCarthy did speak and noted that they could be part of the rehab group on Wednesday and have not been ruled out of the game.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Zack Martin and Rico Dowdle will both be in the rehab group early in the week, but both have a chance to play Sunday against the 49ers— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 2, 2023
McCarthy also noted that Tyron Smith is improving and could practice this week.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said LT Tyron Smith “is doing much better” with a knee injury that has sidelined him past two games. Could be in rehab group Wednesday and possibly be limited in that practice.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 2, 2023
The Lion, Micah Parsons, was seen hobbling some during the Pats game, but continued to play. He doesn’t look like an issue for Sunday.
Mike McCarthy said Micah Parsons had his knee/ankle evaluated yesterday but “I’m not of high concern with it.” He could be limited on Wednesday.— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 2, 2023
McCarthy said Tyron Smith (knee) is “doing much better.”