The Dallas Cowboys have suffered their fair share of injuries this season.
With multiple starters being sidelined over the final few weeks of the season.
Luckily for Dallas, they are expected to be back to full strength come Monday Night.
Cowboys continue to expect to have LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck), DT Johnathan Hankins (pectoral strain), C Tyler Biadasz (ankle) and CB DaRon Bland (chest) available for Monday night’s wild card game at Tampa Bay.
Mike McCarthy: “Everything is pointing up.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 9, 2023
The Cowboys saw their defense take a hit without Vander Esch and Hankins helping out in the run.
Also, Vander Esch is one of the most experienced defenders on the Cowboys’ roster.
Dallas acquired Hankins before the trade deadline, and he has settled into a role as a quality run stuffer.
On offense, Biadasz is needed back to help stabilize the offensive line.
Without him, the Cowboys have too many moving pieces up front and lose some continuity.
Adding all three of these players back to the lineup should improve the Cowboys’ chances.
There is no question the Cowboys will be under plenty of pressure in this game.
Having not won a playoff game since 2018, the Cowboys are favored over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coming off an embarrassing game in Week 18, the Cowboys should be focused on executing much better.
Head coach Mike McCarthy may be facing more pressure than any player.
Even though Jerry Jones said his job is not in jeopardy, that might change with a Cowboys loss.
It seems like Dallas will be at full strength, so McCarthy has no excuses for his team not to play well.
When the Cowboys play their A-game they are tough to beat, for McCarthy’s sake that Cowboys team better show up.