On Monday, the Cowboys lost several key players to injuries. A current status is provided below.
Upbeat injury reports from Micah Parsons and Jayron Kearse
During the Cowboys’ Monday night victory, three key players either left the game early or appeared to be hurt. After the team’s first road playoff victory in 30 years, two of them provided encouraging updates on their own health.
Safety With three tackles, three pass breakups, and an interception in the end zone to halt a potential scoring drive for the Bucs, Jayron Kearse was a key cog in the clampdown on quarterback Tom Brady. And after a few weeks of late-season tinkering, Kearse found himself lining up at a number of different positions on defense. However, he suffered a left knee injury and had to leave the game in the third quarter. Kearse required extensive help from team trainers to even make it to the sideline, and he did not return to action.
His departure allowed Tampa Bay to drive 95 yards in 10 plays and score their first touchdown of the game. He appeared to be seriously hurt, but he’s already giving hints that he’ll be fine to play against the 49ers on Sunday.
“It’s feeling all right,” Kearse said to reporters at his locker after the victory. “I’ll be good. It’s feeling all right. It’ll be all right.”
According to replays, Parsons took a blow to the shin, though some news outlets incorrectly identified the injury as an ankle problem. Whatever the case, Parsons kept playing and finished the game with a huge stat line despite missing only three defensive snaps.
“I’m feeling good,” Parsons said. “I feel I finished the game well. Continued to get my pressure, continued to keep going, understanding the circumstances I was faced with. I’m excited for next week, excited for the matchup.”