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Monday, October 27, 2014

Cowboys Injury Report: Doug Free, Bruce Carter, Jeremy Parnell

By on 10/27/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Dallas Cowboys will be near full strength when they attempt to move to an NFL-best 7-1 against the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football.”

Dallas' final Week 8 injury report only lists two players as officially out for Monday night. The biggest name is tackle Doug Free, who will miss his second straight game with a fracture in his foot but hopes to return to practice next week.

Backup Jeremy Parnell filled in well for Free in last week's win over the New York Giants. Parnell is probable to start again despite being listed with a minor chest injury.

Reserve defensive end Jack Crawford (calf) will be the only other player out for the Cowboys. Everyone else listed is probable and will play barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Dallas did get some good news this week, as linebacker Bruce Carter should be able to play after missing three games with a quad strain. That means the Cowboys will be with their starting linebacker trio of Carter, Rolando McClain and Justin Durant for the first time since Week 1.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant continues to be listed with a lingering shoulder injury, but it certainly doesn't appear to be impacting his performance. Quarterback Tony Romo received a regular day off on Thursday to rest his back.

Defensive end Anthony Spencer was able to participate in limited practice all week and continues to get better every week after undergoing microfracture surgery last week. Reserve cornerback Jakar Hamilton rounds out the injury report, as he missed practice Thursday due to a family matter.

Dallas' offense has been rolling, thanks in no small part to it's current good health situation. The Cowboys' defense has also been better than anyone could have expected and getting Carter back should only help against Washington.

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