How the Cowboys respond next against another bird of prey is just as crucial, as the team enters it’s biggest stretch of the season. Can the good news surrounding Travis Frederick, along with this team’s new additions be enough to propel them to consecutive victories for the first time in 2018?
One of major unforeseen issues Dallas has dealt with this season is the emergence of All-Pro center Travis Frederick’s autoimmune disease, which has sidelined him all season. Although thankfully detected early enough to prevent any life-threatening effects, the diagnosis left Frederick without a definite timetable of when he could return to the football field. Over the course of combating Gulliain-Barre syndrome, Frederick has temporarily lost all feeling in his extremities, and was sapped of the necessary strength to even carry his young children to bed, let alone play professional football.
But at last, glimpses of hope recently began to show. Frederick is reportedly regaining some of the feeling he’s lost, and also showing signs of his returning strength. There’s still a long way to go for complete recovery, but these positive steps are certainly welcomed. The relief is most encouraging for Frederick himself, but for now, his main focus is on the sidelines, where he’s helping his team with a headset as a player-coach.
Dallas must keep their momentum going if they have any hope of sneaking into the playoffs in 2018, and facing the high-powered Falcons offense will be a big test for this young and promising Dallas defense. Cowboys Wire asks Tim Weaver, managing editor of the Falcons Wire, about what to expect of the re-loaded Falcons’ offense, and an under-the-radar player who may surprise. Be sure to catch the two site’s exchanges about the defensive matchups this week as well.
Theyve already ruled out several key players between both the line and the linebacker corps, namely David Irving, Daniel Ross, Taco Charlton and Sean Lee. The jury is still out on if Maliek Collins will be available against the Atlanta Falcons, and its a safe bet beastly nose tackle Antwaun Woods wont — having not practiced all week with a concussion. The team worked out several defensive linemen in the days ahead of the Nov. 18 contest, but werent overtly impressed with anyone, including former second-round pick Tank Carradine.
It’s only been two games, but so far the acquisition of WR Amari Cooper looks like a big success for the Cowboys. His ultimate value can be debated, but what is undeniable is the impact he’s had on this Dallas offense.
On the Cowboys final injury report, five players have been officially ruled out for the rematch in Atlanta. Four of those sidelined players are from the front seven of the defense. Those injured defenders are two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring), 2017 first round selection defensive end Taco Charlton (shoulder), starting defensive tackle David Irving (ankle) and reserve defensive tackle Daniel Ross (calf). Wide receiver Tavon Austin (groin) rounds out the five.
Cooper is able to shoulder a load that’s been sorely needed, and his presence has a trickle-down effect for the rest of the receivers. Eli Cueller breaks down how Dallas has been using Cooper, and also how the 24-year-old wideout very well could’ve saved the Cowboys’ season.
Yet another defensive tackle, Antwaun Woods, is doubtful to play in this upcoming contest due to a concussion. He’s joined by fellow defensive tackle and 2016 third round selection Maliek Collins, who is questionable for the game with a knee injury. Collins was able to practice on a limited basis on both Thursday and Friday. While Woods failed to participate in any practices the entire week.
Where will the game between Atlanta and the Cowboys ultimately be decided? Containing WR Julio Jones must be Dallas’s biggest priority, and CB Byron Jones is certainly up to the task. Currently in the midst of a career-season, the battle of the Joneses will definitely be one of the game’s matchups to watch.
But the rest of the Falcons offense is still very formidable, and other defenders will also have to step up and do their part. Where else on the field will the game’s biggest matchups be fought?
The journey back for WR Dez Bryant begins now, and via his hospital bed social media broadcast, he’s already looking forward to his return. Watch Bryant’s post-surgery update, where he pledges his on-field return and thanks his fans for their well-wishes.
Leighton Vander Esch’s heroic effort against the Eagles earned him recognition not just among rookies, but the entire conference. Vander Esch was named Week 10’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week, for a game in which he recorded the first interception of his career, and 13 total tackles, the biggest of which literally saved the game for the Cowboys. The linebacker’s future is bright, and seems like another first-round home run for the team.
Vander Esch is just one of the many young and talented Dallas defensive players. Another making strides in his second season is DB Xavier Woods, who also came through with multiple huge plays that preserved the win and effectively the season last week. Watch how Woods is evolving as a player, turning into a versatile and ball-hawking defensive piece for this team.
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FRISCO — Three defensive linemen — starting end Taco Charlton (shoulder), tackle David Irving (ankle) and end Daniel Ross (calf) — have been ruled out of Sundays game and a fourth — Antwaun Woods (concussion protocol) — is listed as doubtful despite not practicing this week.
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Share Share Cowboys vs. Falcons final injury report: Deion Jones ruled out, Cowboys rule out five players tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The Cowboys injury list for the game against the Falcons has five players ruled out and another doubtful. And it hits hardest along the defensive line
Inactives are going to be easy again this week. The Cowboys have ruled out Tavon Austin, Taco Charlton, David Irving, Sean Lee & Daniel Ross. And Antwaun Woods is doubtful.Tyron Smith was full today and is ready to go. Deion Jones has been ruled out for Atlanta #cowboyswire pic.twitter.com/SaNC1fEeCa
Dallas will be without Taco Charlton, David Irving and Daniel Ross. Additionally, Antwaun Woods is doubtful to play. And dont forget, Maliek Collins is questionable. Thats a lot of talent, and bodies, missing from the defensive line, especially along the interior.
On the offensive line, Tyron Smith is a full-go, while Zack Martin and Connor Williams are questionable. Martin is playing unless something dramatic happens, but expect Xavier Sua-Filo to replace Williams again this week.
We already knew the Cowboys would be without Sean Lee and Tavon Austin. With Leighton Vander Esch around, the absence of Lee has hardly been felt. The Cowboys might also get reserve linebacker Joe Thomas back which would strengthen the position.
One player the Cowboys wont have to contend with on Sunday is linebacker Deion Jones. There was hope from the Falcons side that he would return for this game after spending almost all of the year on IR, but its not to be. Ezekiel Elliott and the run game just let out a small cheer. The rest of the Falcons are very healthy, at least the ones not already on IR.