The Dallas Cowboys are in a holding pattern. They have already clinched a playoff spot and could compete for a division title but are coming off consecutive losses, and fans have grown uncomfortable. Now is the time of the year when you want to see your team finish the season on a high note and then carry that momentum into the playoffs. The Cowboys could be limping (literally) entering the postseason if Wednesday’s practice report is any indication.
#Cowboys second injury report vs. Lions:— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) December 27, 2023
Rico Dowdle downgraded to DNP from yesterday with ankle issue he's been battling past several weeks.
Chuma Edoga (toe) limited.
Malik Hooker, Hunter Luepke upgraded to full.
Rest day for Zack Martin.
No change to Tyron Smith today. pic.twitter.com/31FbLWnfFT
Offensive guard Zack Martin did not practice for a second consecutive day, as the team opted to give him the day off. Tyron Smith also did not practice for the second time with a back injury this week. Despite Smith saying he feels better, another absence raises concerns for his availability on Saturday. Coincidentally, the team has activated Matt Waletzko from injured reserve today. Chuma Edoga was limited with a toe injury.
Jonathan Hankins’ status is the same as yesterday, and he did not practice. Head coach Mike McCarthy said there’s a possibility Smith and Hankins are back this week, but they’re not off to a promising start. Malik Hooker and Hunter Leupke were full participants. Meanwhile, Rico Dowdle was downgraded to a DNP and his status bears monitoring as the week progresses.