The Dallas Cowboys will have to finish their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night without starting safety Barry Church. He left the game in the second half with an arm injury and he has officially been declared out for the remainder of the contest.
Church was injured during the Eagles’ touchdown drive in the third quarter as Philadelphia took a 20-10 lead. He was taken back for X-rays shortly after the drive, and the team deemed him unable to return shortly after that.
At this point the extent of the injury is not known, but the quickness with which the team announced that he would be unable to return is certain concerning. As Cowboys beat writer Brandon George notes, the injury could have long-term implications depending on the results of future tests.
If he is forced to miss a significant amount of time, it would be a tough blow for the Dallas defense. At this point Church, a former undrafted rookie out of Toledo, is the second-leading tackler on the Cowboys with 60 tackles and he leads the team with two interceptions. So his absence will certainly be felt.
That being said though, the Cowboys have a very good backup at safety in J.J. Wilcox, so they should be able to manage. He’s started 34 games for the Cowboys over his four seasons, so he certainly has some experience under his belt.
In other news for the Cowboys, rookie defensive tackle Maliek Collins also left the game with an injury. He left in the second half and the team has not updated his status as of yet.