The Cowboys have ruled LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and S Jeff Heath (shoulder) out for Thursday night's game against the Bears. Vander Esch's absence makes LB Sean Lee an option for IDP lineups in Week 14.
The Cowboys have ruled LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) out for Thursday's game against the Bills. That means elevated playing time for LB Sean Lee in an upside matchup. S Jeff Heath (shoulder) is questionable. He missed Week 11 with the issue but returned for Sunday's game at New England.
Cowboys S Jeff Heath (shoulders) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. That should mean a start for Darian Thompson, who played 87% of the snaps after Heath left last week and totaled 5 tackles (2 solo). Thompson is merely a low-level IDP in a spot that hasn't meant big points for Heath this year.
Cowboys starting FS Xavier Woods suffered a hamstring strain in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bengals and might miss the regular-season opener. According to The Athletic, Woods is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Dallas' opener sits 3 weeks and 1 day from the date of his injury. The Cowboys have gone through camp extremely thin at safety, listing Woods and fellow starter Jeff Heath as each other's backups. Fortunately for them, the free-agent market still holds plenty of former starters at the position -- including George Iloka, whom Cincinnati released Sunday. ESPN's Todd Archer says the Cowboys are considering Iloka, among others. Dallas, of course, has also been linked to disgruntled Seahawks FS Earl Thomas all offseason. We'll see where this goes and when Woods makes it back to the field.