The Dallas Cowboys got a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night but it may have come at the cost of cornerback Morris Claiborne.
In the fourth quarter of the Cowboys 29-23 overtime victory over the Eagles, Claiborne suffered a groin injury with 59 seconds remaining after turning awkwardly. The veteran cornerback was quickly ruled out for the ensuing overtime period, but it did not matter, as the Cowboys marched the ball down the field for a game-winning touchdown after winning the overtime coin toss.
Unfortunately it looks like Claiborne will miss more than just Sunday’s overtime period. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the cornerback suffered a sports hernia injury in Sunday’s contest and could need surgery to repair the issue. It would not necessarily end his season, but it would keep him out for the immediate future. As Archer notes, cornerback Terence Newman had surgery in 2008 for a similar injury and managed to return in six weeks.
Making matters even worse for the Cowboys and their secondary, starting safety Barry Church suffered a fractured forearm in the game and he will also miss an extended period of time. So two-fourths of the starting unit was lost during Sunday’s victory.
With that in mind, the Cowboys will have an interesting decision to make in the coming days with these two players. The team can bring only one player back from IR each year, which means one, or both, of the injured starters will have to stay on the 53-man roster if they want to play again in 2016.