The bye week in the playoffs proves helpful for the Dallas Cowboys, giving ample time for injured players to heal. With a healthy Cowboys roster, it would spell trouble for an injured-laden Green Bay Packers when they meet this weekend.
According to Shawn Lealos of CBS DFW writes that key defensive players of the Cowboys are coming back healthy. However, Cowboys’ defensive end Randy Gregory just got back from a suspension for substance abuse. The sad news is that Gregory got suspended again for missing a drug test. This means Gregory will not get to see the until the 2019 season.
Who is coming back healthy for the Cowboys?
Among those returning for the Cowboys in the first playoff match against the Packers include DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford. This gives the Cowboys a strong defensive front considering they still have Maliek Collins, David Irving, and Cedric Thornton. The 28-year old defensive tackle Thornton makes his return after getting injured during the match against the Giants.
Another defensive piece that adds up to the Cowboys is cornerback Morris Claiborne. He is responsible for interceptions, tackles, and passes defended. If Claiborne returns, he adds more depth to their defense which spells trouble for the Packers as well.
On offense, the Cowboys are getting back Tyron Smith, Jonathan Cooper, and La’el Collins ready for the playoffs. Among the three, Smith gives the Cowboys safety to their red-hot quarterback Dak Prescott. Smith protects Prescott’s blind side from any tackle which gives them more depth to their roster.
How about the Packers?
Meanwhile, the Packers will have a short list of active players when they visit the Cowboys on Sunday. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is still questionable to play after suffering an injury to his ribs. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Nelson suffered “at least” two fractured ribs which make him doubtful to play.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he could not comment on Nelson’s status but will wait until Saturday to find out. McCarthy added Nelson’s health is of serious concern for the Packers considering the tasks ahead of them this weekend. With the Packers’ no. 1 wide receiver out, they will likely turn to Randall Cobb.
Cobb played a huge role in the Packers win over the New York Giants. Aside from Cobb, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will also have to rely on Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, and Geronimo Allison. Rodgers stated they need to focus on their game plan and that includes starting fast to keep the Cowboys off-balance.
The Cowboys are having the luxury of having a healthy and strong roster for the first time in franchise history. Not to mention they also have veteran Tony Romo for when Prescott gets any “rookie mistake.” Meanwhile, the Packers need to dig deep to find solutions on how to beat the Cowboys this Sunday.
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