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Cowboys LB depth takes hit with Andrew Gachkar out with thumb injury

Andrew Gachkar will undergo thumb surgery on Friday.
Andrew Gachkar will undergo thumb surgery on Friday. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys linebacker corps took another blow.

Andrew Gachkar will undergo thumb surgery today, and “it’s going to keep him out for a little bit,” coach Jason Garrett said.

The injury happened during seven-on-seven drills Thursday.

“He went in to make a play and somehow the ball hit him a certain way,” Garrett said. “So it’s a small break.”

Gachkar, 27, is known mostly for his special teams ability. He tied for fourth with eight special teams tackles a season ago, his first year with the Cowboys.

Gachkar started one game at strong side linebacker last year, finishing with six tackles against New Orleans. He also filled in for Sean Lee in games against Atlanta and Philadelphia.

He is versatile enough to play all three linebacker spots, and had been among the players competing for the starting middle linebacker job in training camp with Rolando McClain not reporting to camp and facing a 10-game suspension.

Gachkar was working as first-team strong side linebacker on Thursday with Kyle Wilber out with a back injury.

The Gachkar news is another setback for the entire linebacker corps. As stated, Wilber is nursing an injury, McClain hasn’t showed up and Damien Wilson remains sidelined with an eye injury.

In other injury news, Garrett said wide receiver Devin Street is day-to-day with a back injury sustained Thursday.

Left tackle Tyron Smith, linebacker Sean Lee and safety Barry Church also won’t practice Friday, as Garrett is giving them a “veterans day” off.

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