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Mike McCarthy Announces Devastating Cowboys Injury News

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy on the field.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys' defense has taken a major hit.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy announced on Thursday morning that star pass rusher Randy Gregory will be out for multiple weeks.

Gregory, arguably the Cowboys' best defensive player this season, suffered a calf strain at practice on Wednesday. He will reportedly miss multiple weeks, with a stint on the IR being possible.

"Mike McCarthy said Randy Gregory will miss multiple weeks with a calf strain he suffered in Wednesday’s practice. Could go on IR which would cost him three games," ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer tweeted.

This is a major blow to a Cowboys defense that has played much better than expected for most of the 2021 season. Dallas had already lost DeMarcus Lawrence to an injury. Now, the Cowboys have lost another significant contributor in Gregory. This will likely mean more of a pass-rusher role for first round pick Micah Parsons.

The Cowboys are coming off a surprising loss at home to the Broncos.

Dallas is set to host Atlanta on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T.