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Barry Church feels good after return; J.J. Wilcox closer to return

Cowboys safety Barry Church returned from a broken forearm to play all but two snaps against the Vikings.
Cowboys safety Barry Church returned from a broken forearm to play all but two snaps against the Vikings. AP

Cowboys safety Barry Church came out of the game in good shape – other than the usual soreness -- in his return from a broken forearm.

“I was sore,” Church said Monday during the team’s annual holiday hospital visits. “I forgot how sore you can get after a game. My body was pretty beat up. But that long weekend paid off for me, and I’m feeling great and ready to go.”

Church missed four games with a broken right forearm that required surgery. The timing of his return was good as his replacement, J.J. Wilcox, injured his thigh against the Redskins and didn’t play against the Vikings.

Church played 72 of 74 plays and made nine tackles with a quarterback hit. He played with a temporary cast to protect his arm.

“It felt unbelievable,” Church said. “Just missing a couple of games, it felt like two years I’ve been out. I was tired at first, but my wind caught back up to me, and it felt great just to be out there with my teammates.”

Wilcox has returned to walking normally, without a limp, 11 days removed from a left thigh contusion. He hopes to return this week against the Giants.

“I hope so. We’ll see,” Wilcox said.

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