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These Three Key Defensive Players Will Be Back in the Lineup for Dallas Sunday

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The Dallas Cowboys have been badly beat up defensively for the second half of the season. Specifically Morris Claiborne has been out since October 30, and Demarcus Lawrence sat out the final two games of the season. Take a look at the injury report for the Cowboys from Week 17:


10 out of the 13 players listed are on defense. Thankfully, Dallas was able to earn a bye week and the #1 seed in the NFC, which gave them some much needed rest. Most of the players listed have only been on the injury report for a week or two, but  cornerback Morris Claiborne has been out for 10 weeks. He’ll finally be ready to join his team on the field this Sunday, although he may have some rust to play through.

"He's going to have rust because he's been off but some of the things that he does you can't coach," Jones stated on 105.3 FM in Dallas on Tuesday. "They're not necessarily from experience. They are just his natural gifts and we'll benefit from those. We certainly know he was playing at the highest level and best level he's played his career before he got his setback, his injury. I'd hope he can take right back up where he left off. That's probably optimistic, but we will certainly be better off for him being out there then we would be if he were watching the game."

The Packers #1 wide receiver, Jordy Nelson, will be out of the game on Sunday with two broken ribs. This removes one of the Pack’s best weapons, which will be a help for Claiborne as he gets back into a rhythm.

Demarcus Lawrence, who has been recovering from a back injury, will also be retuning in addition to defensive end Tyrone Crawford. The Cowboys defense has managed to contribute 16 sacks in the last five games, and with Lawrence’s return, the pass rush will continue to improve. Dallas boasts the #1 rush defense this season, regardless of having sustained so many injuries.

Lauren Lapaglia is a lifelong Cowboys fan and is the NFC East Division Manager, Dallas Cowboys lead writer and marketer for Pro Football Spot. For more Cowboys content, follow her on Twitter @scullyspeaks and the Cowboys on PFS @spotcowboys. You can also LIKE our Facebook page HERE.

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