Even worse for the Cowboys is the news that starting safety J.J. Wilcox suffered a knee injury during practice and will need to undergo an MRI this afternoon.
The good news is that the injury is not feared to be season-ending.
From the team’s official website:
Rookie J.J. Wilcox suffered a knee injury in Thursday’s practice and will undergo an MRI later in the afternoon. The Cowboys are fearing a possible MCL sprain but at this point, before the test results, it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending injury. The injury occurred in the red-zone drills when he battled tight end Gavin Escobar for a ball in the end zone and came down awkwardly on his knee.
If the MCL sprain is confirmed, Wilcox will miss a few weeks to recover.
Unfortunately for Dallas, that may mean facing off against the Lions and needing to figure out a way to stop Calvin Johnson without a starter in the secondary.