Considering the extremely physical nature of football, injuries are a big deal in the NFL.
Brandon Scherff (abdomen), Darious Williams (abdomen), Andrew Wingard (shoulder), and Travon Walker (ankle) all popped up on the injury report this week. Fortunately, Walker is the only player in jeopardy of missing the Cowboys game, as he’s the only Jaguars player who didn't practice at all this week.
Walker does have a non-zero chance to play, though.
Travon Walker told me his ankle is feeling better and he did "some movement things and just things to get the feeling of my ankle" today in practice.— Bridget Condon (@BridgetCondon_) December 16, 2022
He says he hopes he plays on Sunday.#Jaguars
If Walker can’t go, Jacksonville will likely deploy a rotation including K’Lavon Chaisson, Dawuane Smoot, and Arden Key at outside linebacker across from Josh Allen.
Meanwhile, Andre Cisco (shoulder) and Chad Muma (ankle) are expected to return to the starting lineup. Trevor Lawrence (toe) was limited in practice out of precaution.
#Cowboys final injury report vs Jaguars:— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) December 16, 2022
Jake Ferguson out with concussion.
Dorance Armstrong questionable.
Travon Walker questionable after not practicing at all this week due to high ankle sprain. pic.twitter.com/e9mNAk7UId
Jake Ferguson (concussion) is the only Cowboys player ruled out for Sunday. The rookie tight end has 16 catches for 139 yards and two scores this season. His absence may force Dallas into more 11 personnel (three wide receiver) looks, as opposed to keeping multiple tight ends on the field.
The Cowboys will also be welcoming former All-Pro tackle Tyson Smith (hamstring) back from injured reserve. He’s expected to start at right tackle after Terence Steele tore his ACL last week. First-round rookie Tyler Smith will continue to be Dak Prescott’s blindside protecter.