The Dallas Cowboys will be without safety Jeff Heath against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Heath left the field in the second half of the Cowboys’ Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He has since been placed into concussion protocol.
In his fourth NFL season, Heath had finally become a full-time starter, and now the Cowboys will rely on two rookies to replace him. Xavier Woods will start in his place, but they will also count on a now healthy Chidobe Awuzie.
According to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Woods, a sixth-round draft pick, is a very similar player to Heath.
“He’s a physical player. He’s made some plays on the ball. He’s made some tackles and he’s one of those guys that with the work that we’ve given him, he’s taken advantage of,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George. “You want to see more of him.”
Fans have definitely been waiting to see more of Awuzie. He was their second-round draft pick, and the first of many selections the Cowboys made in that draft to replace the talent they lost in the defensive backfield during free agency.
However, Awuzie has not spent a lot of time on the field. He has missed six games because of a hamstring injury.
These two young players have an opportunity to make a name for themselves against the team with the best record in the NFL.