Two Cowboys Defenders at Risk of Missing Thursday Night Football After Sitting Out Monday Practice

With just a few days before Thursday Night Football, it looks like the Cowboys could be without Dante Fowler and Tyrus Wheat when they face the Seahawks.
Dante Fowler is one of two Cowboys defenders in danger of missing Thursday Night Football in Week 13.
Dante Fowler is one of two Cowboys defenders in danger of missing Thursday Night Football in Week 13. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It's a well-known fact that injuries pile up the longer an NFL season goes on. The Dallas Cowboys aren't an exception to that rule, proven by the slew of injuries the team is dealing with ahead of a Week 13 clash with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

While anything can change in the coming days, the latest injury news suggests that the Cowboys could be without two defenders come Thursday.

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Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken reports that defensive end Dante Fowler and linebacker Tyrus Wheat missed Monday's practice with an illness and concussion, respectively. Offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin were also absent, but that was due to the veterans having a rest day.

It'll be interesting to see if Fowler winds up facing the Seahawks. The ex-Florida Gator also missed all of practice last week with an illness but still managed to face the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving, logging 25 defensive snaps — his most since Week 1 (33).

The 29-year-old pass rusher has been a great reserve player since joining the Cowboys in 2022, recording 35 tackles (10 for lost yardage), 8.5 sacks, five broken-up passes, and three forced fumbles across 28 games without a start.

Wheat, on the other hand, likely suffered his concussion in the win over the Commanders, hence why he exited the game at one point. The undrafted free agent has almost played exclusively on special teams this season (108 snaps vs. 26 on defense), tallying two solo tackles through six games.

But even if Fowler and Wheat are forced to miss Thursday's contest, things still look promising for America's Team. Most sportsbooks currently favor the Cowboys to overcome the Seahawks by more than a touchdown at AT&T Stadium in Week 13.

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