Xavier Woods, Dallas Cowboys Already Injured
The season hasn’t even started yet and key members of the Dallas Cowboys are already injured.
Much-hyped safety Xavier Woods was hurt on “Cowboys Night” this week after sustaining a groin injury.
While the team has indicated the injury is not serious, groin injuries are by rule pesky. They go away, they come back, they go away again, and so forth. It could be nothing, or it could be an irritant for the duration of the season.
#Cowboys S Xavier Woods has a strained groin but it’s not considered serious per source
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 31, 2020
Dallas brass has been suggesting all summer that Woods is an important piece to a potential Cowboys Super Bowl puzzle. The 25-year-old has started in 29 games over the past two years and recorded two picks in each of those campaigns. He was guaranteed a starting spot.
Secondary depth was an issue the Cowboys attempted to address in the offseason with the addition of HaHa Clinton-Dix. Unfortunately, the 2016 Pro Bowler has disappointed thus far and was losing his reps to Darian Thompson anyway.
The Eagles offense is already in shambles. https://t.co/owO7fENpk3
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 30, 2020
If Woods’ injury hobbles him going forward, Clinton-Dix may get additional playing time by default, but it doesn’t bode well for Dallas given how mediocre he has looked thus far in the offseason.
Woods is not the first injury the Cowboys have sustained. Chidobe Awuzie was sidelined with a leg injury and Jourdan Lewis is currently in a boot due an issue with his ankle.
All of this has led to some experimenting.
Reggie Robinson, who was selected in the fourth round, was recently moved to safety. Free agent pick-up Daryl Worley also got some reps there.
Then there are rookies Trevor Diggs and Reggie Robinson II, who presumably will get some increased attention in light of recent events. Saivion Smith, who was plucked from the XFL’s ashes, is also worth keeping an eye on.
In the offseason, Dallas re-signed Anthony Brown and C.J. Goodwin.
The NFL is gonna have an interesting Week 1. https://t.co/tCfGuosrgk
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 29, 2020
Earl Thomas continues to be floating out there as a free agent, so it will be interesting to see if head coach Mike McCarthy ultimately shows more interest in him this week than he did last.
All in all, a lot will depend on how serious Woods’ injury actually is. If it is as minor as the Cowboys have suggested up to this point, then the defense should be fine. If it becomes a recurring problem, though – it could mean trouble.
Last year, the Cowboys had enough talent to win the NFC East. That is an objective fact. The team fell apart after a very hot start due to Jason Garrett’s uncertain status and questionable decision-making, but both of those items should not be problems in 2020.
This is a make or break year for Dallas. If the team doesn’t win, it will likely come back with a very different roster in 2021.
The Cowboys’ season will commence on Sunday, September 13, with an outing against the Los Angeles Rams.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.