ARLINGTON, Texas– The Cowboys might have escaped a long-term injury with their quarterback Monday night.
They weren't as fortunate with their leading tackler.
Justin Durant will likely be out for the rest of the season, according to owner Jerry Jones, who said the veteran linebacker has a torn biceps injury and will need surgery. That injury typically is season-ending, especially this late in the schedule.
Durant suffered the injury in the second half and tried to return to the game.
"He's got a torn bicep, so that's probably going to be it for him," Jones said to reporters following the game.
Jones acknowledged the Redskins were missing key players as well.
"They had guys missing, too, and they were able to contain us," Jones said. "We obviously weren't able to match them."
The Cowboys were without Tony Romo for parts of the second half as he sustained another back injury. He was able to return in the final minutes.
Entering the game, Durant was leading the team with 51 tackles, one ahead of Rolando McClain. The stat sheet credited Durant with 10 tackles, including two for loss. McClain and J.J. Wilcox both had seven.
Durant missed two games earlier in the season with a groin injury. In fact, through eight games, the Cowboys have yet to have their projected starting linebackers – Bruce Carter, McClain and Durant – finish a game this season.
Carter returned from a thigh injury Monday, but wasn't credited with a tackle.[embeddedad0]
With Durant out, the Cowboys will likely turn to rookie Anthony Hitchens, who has started three games this year. He had an 18-tackle game in place of Durant back in Week 3 against the Rams.
Other injury news included Ron Leary, who missed parts of the game with a groin injury, and was replaced by Mackenzy Bernadeau.