A difficult 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday has clearly taken more of a toll than just a loss in the standings for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys held practice Wednesday, and as many as seven players were held out, according to ESPN Dallas. It was the defense that took a significant hit.
Safety Gerald Sensabaugh, linebacker Alex Albright, and defensive ends Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman, all sat out, though their injury status is still unknown. The same goes for safety Barry Church, who was dressed in full pads, but limited during practice.
Add Church and Sensabaugh’s injuries to safety Matt Johnson’s ailing hamstring, and Dallas could have a problem in the secondary.
Despite the all injuries to defensive backs, cornerback Mike Jenkins will still be coming off the bench, as he did against Seattle.
Dallas will have to find solutions for their injuries quickly, as they face the rejuvenated Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, which boasts rookie running back Doug Martin, and wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
Jackson in particular made five receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown, taking advantage of the Giants troubles in their secondary.
Dallas attempted to remake their secondary during the offseason, like trading up in the draft to take rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne, and signing cornerback Brandon Carr to a hefty contract in free agency.
The Cowboys are currently 28th in the league in completion percentage allowed, with opposing quarterbacks completing 69.2 percent of their passes.