The Swaim train has been derailed, at least for a while.
With a short week leading up to the Thanksgiving Day game against Washington, the Dallas Cowboys had a practice today. That means the first injury report is out, and there is one player who has now been ruled out for the game.
Tight end Geoff Swaim will have wrist surgery, according to Jason Garrett, but the coach was not ready to say Swaim will miss the rest of the season. Swaim has been a solid performer in his first year as a full-time player but has struggled through a sprained knee.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 20, 2018
Geoff Swaim has been the starter this season, taking the place of Jason Witten after his retirement. He has been a solid contributor, though not at Witten’s level, of course. He has been particularly valuable in the running game as a blocker. The Cowboys will now have to figure out if they give the starting job to Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers, or Dalton Schultz in his absence. Jarwin would probably be the logical choice. It looks like there is no plan to put Swaim on IR, so no roster move is required at this time.
Here is the full injury report:
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) November 20, 2018
Note that since this was just a walkthrough, the status is what the team projects the players would have done if it was a full practice.
Michael Gallup is with his family following the death of his brother. While David Irving is still expected to be out, the report of Taco Charlton and Daniel Ross being available on a limited basis is somewhat encouraging for the defensive line situation, and Antwaun Woods looks to be a go for the game.
Cowboys NT Antwaun Woods told me he was playing on Thursday. Jason Garrett confirmed that Woods went through walk through today and expects him to practice this week and get ready for the Redskins game
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 20, 2018
This is the time of the season when most NFL teams’ depth is tested, and having the short week does not help. But Washington is also dealing with some serious injury problems, particularly to their offensive line and wide receivers, and of course have lost Alex Smith for the season, putting Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback, with just-signed Mark Sanchez providing depth and some insights into what Dallas does, no doubt.