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Dallas Cowboys to be without defensive starter for several weeks as injuries pile up

The injury bug is starting to bite the undefeated Dallas Cowboys as free safety Xavier Woods could be out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Woods suffered the injury late in the 31-21 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

He is the second starter to be sidelined following the game, joining receiver Michael Gallup who is out 2-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to repair a torn meniscus.

Look for Darian Thompson to move in the starting lineup in place of Woods and for rookie sixth-round pick Donovan Wilson to be active for the first time. Of course, with the depth they have at cornerback, they could move Byron Jones back to safety.

Given the injuries to Gallup and Woods, the Cowboys worked out the following free agents on Tuesday _ wide receivers Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Quincy Adeboyejo and DeMarkus Lodge, linebacker Jawaun Johnson, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, offensive tackle Paul Adams, defensive end Willie Henry, safety Josh Jones and cornerback Deante Burton.

Adeboyejo and Lodge are both Cedar Hill products.

Jones is most intriguing as the former North Carolina State product was selected by the Packers late in the second round of the 2017 draft but never took hold of a starting position.

Jones played in 29 games in two seasons with Green Bay, starting 12 of them. He recorded 100 tackles, including three sacks, and an interception.

He was waived with a non-football illness designation in late August and has worked out with a number of team’s since, including the Bills, Vikings, Lions and Patriots.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.