Cowboys Lose Key Contributor for Season Following Terrible Injury Update

The Cowboys will be without C.J. Goodwin for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season.
Jan 8, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback C.J. Goodwin (29) gestures to the sidelines.
Jan 8, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback C.J. Goodwin (29) gestures to the sidelines. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys fans are still feeling demoralized following Week 5's disastrous 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. While a new week is upon us, the bad news keeps coming as it was revealed on Tuesday that Dallas lost a key contributor for the foreseeable future.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that special teams guru C.J. Goodwin is out for the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The 33-year-old veteran suffered the injury in the first half of the loss to the 49ers and did not return.

CJ Goodwin Injury News

There's no doubt that Goodwin's injury is a huge loss for the Cowboys. He's played at least 66% of special teams opportunities in each of the last five seasons and hasn't even missed a game since the 2018 campaign.

Since being signed from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad five years ago, Goodwin has racked up 41 tackles (28 solo) and a forced fumble in 74 games with the Cowboys. He was on pace for 14 tackles — his most since his rookie year — before tearing his pectoral muscle.

Unfortunately, Goodwin was not the only player banged up in the loss to San Francisco. Wideout/punt returner KaVontae Turpin — who recorded Dallas' only touchdown in Week 5 — is likely out for 4-6 weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain.

Meanwhile, Leighton Vander Esch is an injured reserve candidate due to a neck injury. Given his history with neck issues, it could be a while before we see No. 55 again.

Time will tell how healthy the Cowboys will be when they face the Los Angeles Chargers in a Week 6 Monday Night Football showdown. With these injury issues, the Cowboys are only slight betting favorites in the matchup.

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