J.J. Wilcox leaves Sunday’s game with head injury
Wilcox was being examined for possible concussion symptoms on the sideline.
The 22-year-old Wilcox already missed the Cowboys’ past three games due to a sprained knee. He was returned to practice earlier this week and was listed as probable to play against the Giants in the Cowboys’ injury report.
But Wilcox was still considered likely to return to action in Week 12 and take over a chunk of playing time from undrafted rookie Jeff Heath. In Wilcox’s absence Heath served as a starting safety for the Cowboys over the past three games, but he had a poor game against the New Orleans Saints last week. With Wilcox working his way back in the line-up, Heath was expected to go back to being a core special teamer for the Cowboys.
Wilcox has started five games this season, while combining 25 tackles and one pass defensed. Before his knee injury, Wilcox had not missed a single game for the Cowboys this season.
After Wilcox went down against the Giants this Sunday, fourth-year safety Danny McCray replaced Wilcox in the line-up. Before leaving the game, Wilcox had two tackle (one solo) for the Cowboys.
Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (right arm) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (right arm) also suffered injuries against the Giants during the first quarter. But both players were able to return from their injuries to continue playing in the game. Bryant has four receptions for 55 yards while Scandrick is credited with two tackles, at this time, late in the third quarter against the Giants.