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Cowboys secondary could be without Morris Claiborne, Barry Church

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis (6) celebrates kicking a field goal as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) watches.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis (6) celebrates kicking a field goal as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) watches. AP

The Cowboys secondary took two hits Sunday.

While they got Orlando Scandrick back into the lineup after a four-game absence, they lost starting safety Barry Church and starting cornerback Morris Claiborne. Both could miss significant time.

The Cowboys believe Church fractured his right forearm. He missed the final game of last season after fracturing his right arm against the Bills.

“I’m a little concerned about that,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Church’s injury. “We will have a little more medical information, but I am concerned about it short term.”

Claiborne injured his groin, the severity of which will become known after an MRI on Monday.

“As of right now, I don’t know,” Claiborne said. “I’ll find out more about it tomorrow, so right now I don’t know. I know I pulled up on it and came out of the game. Right now, I’m walking, and we’ll figure out what it is tomorrow.”

Claiborne was off to the best start in his five seasons, but now he has to deal with yet another injury.

He missed 24 of a possible 64 games with injuries his first four seasons after the Cowboys made him the sixth overall choice. He also missed more than his share of training camp practices, preseason games and regular-season practices.

“I mean, if I harp on it and be down on it, it’s going to take me out of what I’m doing,” Claiborne said. “So I’m just taking it one day at a time and figure out what’s wrong with this, figure it out, take the next step and try to be better. That’s it. That’s all I can do.”

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