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Antwaun Woods Out For Thursday With MCL Injury


FRISCO, Texas --- The Cowboys will be without Antwaun Woods for Thursday's game against Buffalo.

Woods was the main injury concern coming out of the Week 12 loss to New England, as he suffered an MCL sprain in the fourth quarter. Jeff Heath also aggravated his long-standing shoulder injury while breaking up a pass in the second half.

Heath has been dealing with injuries to both shoulders this season, and his status for Thursday is also up in the air. The Cowboys will see how he recovers during this short week.

Speaking of short weeks, this team has a long list of injury concerns to work through without much time to do so. The Cowboys have been managing injuries to the likes of Amari Cooper, La'el Collins, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin for much of the season. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said they'll do everything in their power to get them ready on short rest.

"You've just got to sort it out, figure it out," Garrett said. "The game is on Thursday, and we've got to get our guys ready to go play it."

It remains to be seen what that means for Leighton Vander Esch, who was ruled out of the New England game on Friday after re-aggravating a neck injury.

"Leighton's situation, we're still evaluating as we go," Garrett said.

With Woods sidelined, Christian Covington and Trysten Hill will both see snaps at defensive tackle. If Heath is unavailable, Josh Jones and Donovan Wilson are both on the active roster to provide depth.