Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens did not finish their last game on the field.
He went down in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles with a groin injury and was not able to return to the game. The Cowboys are on a short week with a Thanksgiving day matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers next on the schedule.
Hitchens was originally listed as a non-participant at practice on Tuesday, but the team clarified that he was a limited participant. He expects to play, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Katie Hairopoulos.
The Cowboys have lost two games in a row, and are in desperate need of a win against the Chargers so they don’t drop to sub-.500 on the season.
If Hitchens can’t play against the Chargers they will have a hard time avoiding that outcome. They will likely be without linebacker Sean Lee for a second consecutive game. He aggravated a hamstring injury against the Atlanta Falcons. That injury cost him two games earlier this season.
The Cowboys’ performance on defense tends to slide when he misses time, but with Hitchens healthy they were supposed to be in a better position to deal Lee’s absence.
Without both of the those players, someone new would have to make the defensive signal calls, and the Cowboys run defense could be ripe for a big day from Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.