The Dallas Cowboys will not have wide receiver Cole Beasley against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Beasley has been ruled out of the game after not practicing all week due to an illness. He did not travel with the team to Philadelphia, according to Cowboys writer David Helman.
Beasley was the Cowboys’ most-productive wide receiver in 2016, but his production has fallen off this season. He has 36 receptions for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Maybe this will be the opportunity that rookie wide receiver Ryan Switzer needs to assure himself more playing time next season. He made by far the most-explosive play of any Cowboys wide receiver this season when he returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in Week 13 against the Washington Redskins.
Their offense has lacked explosion at wide receiver throughout 2017, and if Switzer performs well against the Eagles in the season finale, he could help solve that problem in 2018.
Both teams don’t have much to play for on Sunday. The Eagles already have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and the Cowboys have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture.
However, one thing that Dallas can do is take a close look at some of its younger players.