Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com.
DE Marcus Spears
If Jason Garrett and new defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni intend to turn the parade of misery that is the Cowboys’ season thus far around, they’ll have to do so without the services of starting left defensive end, Marcus Spears.
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas has reported that Spears will miss the next four to six weeks with a calf strain, revealed in an MRI on Monday. Spears suffered the injury in Sunday night’s 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was replaced by nose tackle Jay Ratliff.
This is just another setback for a woefully struggling Cowboys’ defense.
The defensive front is already missing Jason Hatcher, who is out four to six weeks with a groin injury suffered the week seven loss to New York, and Josh Brent, who sustained an ankle injury Sunday night. However, the loss of Spears stands out, as the veteran serves as a leader both on the field and in the locker room.
As Watkins points out, the Cowboys have no defensive linemen on the practice squad; a source in contact with ESPN Dallas reportedly said that there’s a good chance the team will sign one or two d-linemen in the coming days.
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