The Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football, and they’ll have to do it without linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant.
“Sean Lee [hamstring] officially ruled out for tomorrow’s game vs. the Redskins,” wrote Drew Davison of the Star Telegram. “So is LB Justin Durant [concussion].”
This may be somewhat expected, but it’s still big for the Cowboys, who are desperately trying to turn things around after losing three games in a row. They’re not going to catch the Philadelphia Eagles and win the NFC East at this point, but they could perhaps fight their way into a wild card game if they can win out – or very close to it. They’re sitting at 5-6 right now, tied with the Redskins. The Eagles are way out front at 10-1.
Mathematically, nothing is quite decided. The Eagles could technically lose out and go 10-6, while the Cowboys could win out and also go 10-6. But, realistically, that divide is pretty wide. That’s why it’s important for Dallas to show up against the rival Redskins and firmly put themselves in second with a shot at the playoffs.
The Cowboys won’t be the only ones dealing with injuries.
“Redskins will be without versatile TE Jordan Reed on Thursday night,” Davison noted. “Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams is questionable. Former Cowboys DL Terrell McClain [toe] is also out.”
Will that help even the score? Perhaps, though the Cowboys are also losing a good amount of leadership on the defensive side of the ball without Lee on the field, and that has an impact as well.