Cowboys Get Big Defensive Injury News to Begin Week 13

After missing Week 12 with a back injury, Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse as a great shot at suiting up against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.
Jayron Kearse would give the Cowboys' defense an even bigger boost if he can suit up in Week 13.
Jayron Kearse would give the Cowboys' defense an even bigger boost if he can suit up in Week 13. / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys further cemented themselves as Super Bowl contenders with a massive 45-10 win over the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving Day. There isn't much more time to celebrate the win, though, as the Cowboys are set to play on Thursday for the second straight week when they face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13.

Unfortunately, safety Jayron Kearse didn't get to experience the blowout win as he sat out of the holiday festivities with a back injury. The good news is that the 29-year-old veteran has a solid chance of returning to the lineup this week judging by the latest injury news.

Jayron Kearse Injury Update

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Kearse's back injury is improving and that he has a "good chance" of facing the Seahawks, per Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken.

The eighth-year safety was a limited participant during Sunday's practice, making it interesting to see if his participation increases as the week goes on.

Kearse is currently in the middle of a two-year, $10 million extension he signed with the Cowboys ahead of the 2022 campaign. He's made eight starts in 10 appearances this season, breaking up three passes with an interception while tallying 30 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks. He has also only allowed a 79.3 passer rating on 21 targets.

Fifth-year pro Sheldrick Redwine filled in for Kearse in Week 12. While the former Miami Hurricane only saw seven defensive, he still left much to be desired, missing his only tackle attempt while finishing his season debut with a 50.5 defensive grade on Pro Football Focus — sixth-worst among Dallas' 23 graded defenders.

In other words, it won't hurt to have Kearse back in the lineup over Redwine. The Cowboys have the best secondary in the NFL, but that doesn't mean the Seahawks should be underestimated. After all, Seattle QB Geno Smith is averaging 260.7 passing yards while throwing only one interception in his last three starts.

Nevertheless, with a few days until kickoff, things already look more than promising for Kearse and the Cowboys. Dallas is already favored to defeat Seattle by more than a touchdown across the majority of major sportsbooks.

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