The Dallas Cowboys are down to two cornerbacks against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
Chidobe Awuzie will not return because of a hamstring injury. Awuzie, a second-round pick out of Colorado, had been expected to return but was downgraded to out early in the second quarter.
Later in the second quarter, the Cowboys lost veteran Nolan Carroll to a concussion he sustained on a play in which he took a shot to the head from teammate Jeff Heath.
Awuzie battled hamstring injuries much of training camp and missed the final two preseason games with the injury.
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Carroll also walked off with trainers early in the game, but Carroll was ready to go when the delay was over.
The Cowboys went into the game with Orlando Scandrick ruled out with a hand injury.
The Cowboys will be in a precarious situation for the rest of the game with only Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis at cornerback. Safety Xavier Woods was playing nickel cornerback on the Cowboys’ last defensive drive before the delay.
The Cowboys have some position flex in their secondary as Byron Jones has played both cornerback and safety in his career.
The Cowboys had six wide receivers active for Sunday’s game, and opted to make cornerback Bene Benwikere a healthy scratch.