The Dallas Cowboys injury news on the defensive side of the ball has been rough all season, with some of their best play makers missing numerous games as the unit ranks as the worst in the NFL. According to ESPN on Dec. 17, there is a chance that the Cowboys will not have a single linebacker starter healthy for their Washington Redskins game.
According to the Cowboys' official website, the Cowboys just placed linebacker Justin Durant on the injured reserve list and then waived Kyle Bosworth, who has been filling in at linebacker over the past few months. Replacing Bosworth in the lineup is linebacker Orie Lemon.
Sean Lee is doubtful to return on Sunday, and he actually said over the weekend that there is no timetable for his return at this time, which is troubling because Dallas is in a must win situation to get to the playoffs and Lee is the defensive leader for tackles.
Bruce Carter and Ernie Sims are also both hurt. That leaves the recently re-signed Lemon as well as DeVonte Holloman, who just returned from an injury last weekend, as well as Cameron Lawrence and Kyle Wilber, a group of players that won't put fear in many offenses. Dallas does hope that Carter can return this week.
Also missing this weekend's game is cornerback Morris Claiborne, who has missed almost the entire season with a hamstring injury. Dallas will also be without special teams star Dwayne Harris for another week and just signed Michael Spurlock to play special teams in his absence.