The Dallas Cowboys knocked off Washington on Sunday night, but the Cowboys took a couple of injury hits in the process. DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray both left the game and will now likely miss at least a week.
Ware is expected to miss three to four weeks due to a strained quadricep. Ware suffered the injury during the first half on Sunday and the initial reports were more encouraging. Early on Monday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram reported the Cowboys wanted to wait to see if Ware would be able to practice this week before ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Adam Schefter later reported Ware is expected to miss between three and four weeks. Injuries have hit Dallas hard this season and KD Drummond of Blogging the Boys said the situation has forced the Cowboys to adjust:
The Cowboys defensive line is already ravaged; missing Anthony Spencer, Tyrone Crawford and Ben Bass for the year. Jay Ratliff has yet to play and they've suffered a myriad of other injuries along the front as well.
Now, they lose their leader who they have never had to enter a regular season game without.
The guard is changing for the Dallas Cowboys, whether they like it or not.
Dallas will also likely be without Murray, who suffered a MCL sprain early in the game against Washington. MCL sprains typically keep players off the field for at least a couple of weeks, making Murray a longshot to play this week. Injuries have been an issue for Murray during his career. He broke his ankle during his rookie season and missed six games last year due to a sprained foot. Joseph Randle replaced Murray on Sunday and would likely do the same this week.
Calais Campbell is recovering well after being taken off the field on a stretcher on Sunday. Campbell suffered a neck injury and was immobilized on the field, but it appears he did not suffer any significant damage. He was released from the hospital on Sunday night and rejoined the team on Monday. Campbell even attended the 8 a.m. team meeting, according to Cardinals vice president of media relations Mark Dalton.
The Cardinals play on a short week this week, hosting Seattle on Thursday. Campbell's status for the game is still unknown.
New England's gameplan was a big reason why Jimmy Graham went without a catch on Sunday, but the tight end was also forced out of the lineup due to a foot injury. Now, Graham will undergo a MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
Graham suffered the injury during the second half against New England. He had to be helped off the field, but returned briefly after getting taped by the training staff. He didn't stay on the field long and was taken back to the locker room late in the game. While a significant injury would be a major blow for the Saints' offense, Dave Cariello of Canal Street Chronicles pointed out Graham will get an extra week to recover with the Saints on their bye this week.
Matt Flynn didn't draw a lot of interest after he was released by the Raiders, but the quarterback was impressive enough during a workout with the Bills on Monday to earn a spot on the roster. Flynn will add more depth and could end up competing for a starting job with Thaddeus Lewis injured. Lewis, who took over for the injured E.J. Manuel, suffered a foot sprain on Sunday. He's listed as day-to-day.
Flynn will join Lewis and rookie Jeff Tuel on the depth chart. Buffalo will be his fourth team in two years. He signed with Seattle last offseason and was expected to start before being beaten out for the starting job by Russell Wilson. The Seahawks traded him to Oakland where he was again expected to start. An arm injury derailed Flynn during the preseason while Terrelle Pryor's impressive play won the starting job. Oakland released Flynn on Oct. 7.
Flynn will add some depth in Buffalo, but Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings said his signing is just the latest string in long line of last ditch moves by the Bills this season:
Signing Flynn, released by the Oakland Raiders a week ago today, is just the latest in a long line of scrambling moves the Bills have made at quarterback this season. When the team lost Kevin Kolb to a career-threatening concussion and rookie EJ Manuel had minor knee surgery this preseason, they traded for Lewis and signed Matt Leinart, whose tenure was disastrous and mercifully short-lived. Lewis stuck with the team on the practice squad, but he made his second pro start yesterday after Manuel went down with a LCL sprain in Week 5 (an injury that forced the Bills to pursue Josh Freeman on the open market and work out names like Pat White and Dennis Dixon). Now, Lewis has a sprained foot, and the Bills have once again scraped the bottom of the barrel for an insurance policy.