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Cowboys Injury Report: Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain, Henry Melton

By on 10/10/2014 06:00:00 PM

After a surprising 4-1 start, the Dallas Cowboys can make a major statement with a road win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday:

Dallas' final Week 6 injury report indicates that it could be missing some key defensive players when they take on the defending champions. The Cowboys will be without linebacker Bruce Carter, who is recovering from a thigh injury sustained Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints.

Carter is the only player who will be out for sure, but the Cowboys will have a few others who will be evaluated at game time. Linebacker Rolando McClain is listed as questionable after re-aggravating a groin injury last week, although he was able to practice on Friday.

If McClain is out along with Carter, the Cowboys will have to dig deep into their depth chart against a dangerous Seattle offense. Backup linebacker Lawrence Cameron is also dealing with a thigh injury and is listed as questionable.

Backup defensive end Jack Crawford was held out of practice on Friday with a calf injury and is listed as questionable. Anthony Spencer also appears on the injury report as he continues to recover from micro-fracture knee surgery, but will play unless something unexpected comes up.

The Cowboys did get a bit of good news, as defensive tackle Henry Melton was healthy enough to play through a calf injury last week and returned to full practice this week. Backup cornerback Tyler Patmon was held out of practice Thursday with an illness but is listed as probable.

On the offensive side of things, the Cowboys should be just about at full strength. Backup tackle Jeremy Parnell is the only player listed as questionable with a chest injury.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant is listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, but will play on Sunday. Tony Romo also didn't practice on Wednesday to rest his ailing back.

The Cowboys' defense has done better than just about everyone expected, but still faces a huge challenge against Marshawn Lynch and company. McClain's presence could be an important step towards pulling off the upset on Sunday.   

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