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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cowboys Injury Report: Rolando McClain, Henry Melton, Anthony Spencer

By on 9/27/2014 01:00:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys could face the challenge of the New Orleans Saints offense on “Sunday Night Football” without some key defensive pieces:

Dallas' final Week 4 Injury Report has two important defensive starters listed. While the Cowboys' defense has played better than anticipated so far, things could ugly against New Orleans if more injuries occur.

Linebacker Rolando McClain is listed as questionable after missing last week's game with a groin injury. McClain played well in the first two games of the year after sitting out from football since 2012.

Defensive Tackle Henry Melton is a new addition this week after suffering a hamstring injury and is also listed as questionable. Melton was a prized free agent acquisition and serves as a critical piece of the Cowboys' defensive line.

Backup defensive tackles Terrell McClain (concussion) and Davon Coleman (knee) are also listed as questionable, so Dallas could be very thin if Melton is indeed inactive.

The Cowboys could get some good news this week, as defensive end Anthony Spencer has a chance to play this week. Spencer has missed more than a year recovering from microfracture knee surgery, which can be career-threatening.

Linebacker Justin Durant has also been upgraded to probable after missing two games with a groin injury, which should give the Dallas defense a boost.

On the offensive side of things, Dallas should be just about at full strength. Tight end Gavin Escobar (knee), wide receiver Dez Bryant (shoulder) and quarterback Tony Romo (back) are all listed on the injury report, but should be able to play without any limitations.  

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