Cowboys suffer crucial injury that could stifle defense

The Dallas Cowboys defense suffered a significant blow on Thursday with Randy Gregory slated to miss ‘multiple weeks’. 

The hits just keep coming in Big D.

As the Dallas Cowboys continue to reel from what can only be described as a total ass kicking by the Denver Broncos, more bad news came in on Thursday.

The Atheltic’s Jon Machota reported on Thursday that the Cowboys will be without Randy Gregory for ‘multiple weeks’ due to a calf injury. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the injury and its impact on the defense after the news broke.

“Our team and our defensive players feed off his activity. He’s having a heck of a year,” McCarthy said. “How it happened, it’s just unfortunate.”

Dallas surrendered the most points it had all season in Sunday’s 30-16 loss to Denver. It was the most points the Broncos have mustered up in a game all season as well, further compounding how truly awful Week 9 was for the Cowboys.

Losing Gregory only adds to the troubles.

Prior to losing Gregory — and the awful Week 9 performance against Denver — the Cowboys defense was among one of the more reliable units in the league. Dallas wasn’t leading the league, but the job Dan Quinn has done this year to completely revamp the disaster he inherited from Mike Nolan is one of the more impressive coaching jobs of the year.

Until Dallas laid an egg against Denver, they had allowed more than 21 points only four times which is a big reason why the Cowboys are atop the NFC East with a 6-2 record.

Losing Gregory is a massive blow, but if there’s one thing Quinn’s defense has shown this year it’s that this isn’t the same sorry group that slogged through last season. There have been no shootouts, no lack of confidence, and nothing to suggest that this won’t be something the Cowboys can overcome.