Defensive end Tyrone Crawford could likely miss Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and maybe more than that, as he continues to deal with a nagging hip injury.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said he doesn't expect to Crawford against Miami on Sunday as he listed a few injured players and their availability for Sunday.
"Tyrone Crawford is probably going to miss some time," Jones said in a recent video on DallasCowboys.com.
Crawford missed most of the offseason practices with the hip injury and only returned for the final two days of training camp. He did not play in a preseason game but was able to get into both of the first two regular season games. In fact, Crawford is the only player on the team with registered sack, which he recorded last week against the Redskins. DeMarcus Lawrence and Leighton Vander Esch have a split sack from Week 1.
While Crawford isn't expected to play against the Dolphins, his status for the Saints (Sept. 29) or Green Bay (Oct. 6) is also in question.
While there's never a good time to be without a defensive leader, the Cowboys at least get some help in Robert Quinn, who is coming off a two-game suspension. Quinn could start at right defensive end, but the Cowboys also have Kerry Hyder and Dorance Armstrong to form a rotation with Lawrence and even rookie Joe Jackson.
At defensive tackle, there could be a change as well. Antwaun Woods will miss the game with a knee injury, Stephen Jones confirmed as well. But just like with Crawford and Quinn, the Cowboys have a well-known replacement for Woods in second-round pick Trysten Hill, who could make his NFL debut if he is active this week.
Other injuries the Cowboys are monitoring include wide receiver Tavon Austin, who has not practiced this week after suffering a concussion in Week 1, and safety Xavier Woods, who has an ankle injury. Jones said the safety has improved this week and "certainly could play," depending on how his rehab goes this week.
Of course, the Cowboys will be without leading receiver Michael Gallup, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and will be out 2-4 weeks.