Safety Gerald Sensabaugh didn't want to talk about his calf injury too much after Sunday's loss. He did say he would be "alright" in terms of playing this week.
While that might be the case, it sounds like the injury could be worse than he initially anticipated. If anything, the Cowboys will at least have to prepare themselves to be without him come Sunday afternoon when the Buccaneers come in for the home opener at Cowboys Stadium.
Without Sensabaugh, the Cowboys would likely turn to Danny McCray, which would cause quite a ripple effect down the line and into special teams. McCray is the special teams captain but might not play as much covering kicks if he's having to play more on defense.
The good news for the Cowboys is that it appears only one starting safety is in question to play. Barry Church, whose quad injury in the second quarter forced him out of the remainder of Sunday's game, said on Tuesday he expects to practice this week and play against the Bucs.
Still, look for Mana Silva to get more snaps, especially in the nickel and dime packages. And the Cowboys will likely try to work in some cornerbacks into the mix at safety, including both Mario Butler and possibly Mike Jenkins, who had some safety looks in the game Sunday, his first of the season.
Sensabaugh sustained the injury in the fourth quarter against Seattle and had to be helped off the field by two members of the medical staff. He was in walking boot both Sunday in the locker room and then again on Monday. Sensabaugh was seen walking around Valley Ranch on Tuesday without the boot.