Injury Updates: Defense Keeps Producing Despite Depleted Depth

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys' defense is in the middle of a terrific stretch, allowing an average of 15 points over the last three games.

They've remained productive despite the continued absence of cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) and safety J.J. Wilcox (thigh), along with more key defenders banged up in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) and defensive end Benson Mayowa would be re-evaluated Monday. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and was also expected to be re-evaluated.

The defense produced four takeaways and four sacks against the Bucs despite defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (ankle) and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) inactive for Week 15. The Cowboys attempted to manage Lawrence's back with a reduced snap count in the previous game against the New York Giants.

"We'll take his situation day by day," Garrett said. "We just didn't think he was physically ready to play in this game, so we'll see how he feels as this week goes on."

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