The Cowboys defensive line situation was already a mess. And then it got worse.
After defensive tackle Ben Bass suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice Thursday which will cost him a month, the Cowboys have one true backup defensive tackle in Landon Cohen. And that considers the fact that journeyman Nick Hayden is starting for Jay Ratliff, who’s on PUP.
According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, that means recent trade acquisition Caesar Rayford, all 6-foot-7 and 267 pounds of him, could end up playing inside Sunday against the Giants. Rayford led the Colts in preseason sacks (5.0), but that was as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.
“He’s got to be viable for us at some point in this ballgame,” coach Jason Garrett said of Rayford. “Guys are going to have to play more, and some guys might have to play in a position they haven’t played as much as you’d like to have them play, but that’s just part of the deal.”
The Cowboys are also expected to be without Anthony Spencer, who hasn’t practiced since having knee surgery July 25, and lost Tyrone Crawford for the season due to a training camp Achilles tear.