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Frazier Hurts Shoulder Filling In At Thin Safety Spot


ARLINGTON, Texas – Kavon Frazier had no intention of leaving the game – except that his left shoulder wouldn't pop back into place.

Frazier landed awkwardly on his side while breaking up a pass to Cardinals receiver Ricky Seals-Jones in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-3 preseason loss to Arizona at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys' starting strong safety – filling in for injured starter Xavier Woods – got his shoulder back in place, left the game for X-rays and the results came back clean, he said.

He'll likely get an MRI on Monday, however, and the Cowboys can't afford for him to miss much, if any time.

Woods' status for the Sept. 9 season opener at Carolina is already in jeopardy due to the hamstring strain suffered a week ago against the Bengals. Sunday, Jeff Heath moved into Woods' spot and Frazier stepped into the starting lineup.

Behind Heath and Frazier on the current depth chart are two undrafted rookies, Kam Kelly and Tyree Robinson.

Frazier believes he could have stayed in the game if necessary and will be able to play moving forward, possibly with a protective harness for his shoulder. He's well aware of the injuries the Cowboys have already sustained at the position.

"We try not to worry about all that," he said. "We just try to go out there and play football to the best of our abilities."

Joe Looney, the team's starting center Sunday in place of Travis Frederick (Guillain-Barre syndrome), hurt his hand trying to make a tackle at the end of the first half but said he was OK after the game. Dustin Stanton, Looney's backup, limped off the field in the second half and did not return.