Cornerback Mike Jenkins described the mounting injuries on the Cowboys defense like a game of "tag, you are it."
That was after impressive second-year linebacker Bruce Carter was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow, joining linebacker Sean Lee (toe), meaning the Cowboys will have to play the rest of the season without their two leading tacklers.
Carter, who is expected to have surgery this week, is the fourth defensive starter to be lost of the season, including Lee, safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
Veteran linebacker Brady Poppinga was signed to the roster to replace Carter, although Ernie Sims and Dan Connor will be the starting inside linebackers against the Eagles on Sunday.
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick had surgery last Friday to repair a fractured hand. He will be out for some time and could miss the rest of the season but the Cowboys are yet putting him on the injured list.
"Yeah it's been frustrating when you got a lot of guys go down," said Jenkins who likely replace Scandrick at nickel cornerback. "Its like tag you are it, next guy down. Everybody is falling like flies."
Instead of looking at the negatives, vice-president Stephen Jones said injuries are part of the game and the Cowboys still have great players, including linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, who might be playing as well as anyone on the team.
He also pointed out that the Cowboys will get two players back on defense who were sidelined against the Redskins last Thursday. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff missed the game with a groin injury and defensive end Jason Hatcher was sidelined in the second half with a concussion.
"We will rally," Jones said. "We still have great players. We have DeMarcus Ware and Spencer and we are getting Ratliff back. We got Hatcher out there. Those are two of three starters we didn't have for most of the Washington game. Then we got our secondary pretty much intact other than Church. So we got a lot to feel good about. There are teams that are missing their quarterbacks. There are teams that are missing great players. That is part of it. You got to continue to play."
In other roster moves, the Cowboys signed receiver Anthony Armstrong to replace Andre Holmes, who was cut on Saturday. They signed Reggie Jones to the practice squad to replace receiver Danny Coale.