Cowboys bring Donovan Wilson, Maurice Canady off IR, expect both to play vs WFT

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Two Cowboys defensive backs got the call on Christmas Day to come off injured reserve.

Safety Donovan Wilson has been activated following the chest/shoulder injury he sustained in the team’s Week 11 loss to Kansas City. And cornerback Maurice Canady returns after a concussion suffered back in Week 6’s win over New England.

Both were expected to practice with the team on Saturday and will reportedly be ready for this weekend’s showdown with Washington.

Wilson had been working his way back; his activation was not a huge surprise after putting in good work at the team facility this week.

“I thought Dono had a really good day yesterday,” head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “The thing about Donovan is when he’s out there, you feel him: his energy, just his play style; it’s infectious. Really want to see how he does today… Wednesday was more of a glorified jog-through, but the padded practice yesterday, he did everything we needed to see.”

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said earlier in the week that Wilson would likely be activated within days, and word of his imminent return trickled out to his teammates, all eager to have him in the huddle once again.

“I think we’re getting Dono back this week,” safety Malik Hooker said. “So that’s a big part of this defense. You’ve seen him play; he’s an enforcer. He brings a lot to this defense. So we’ve still got a lot more in the bag of stuff we have coming up.”

Hooker then entered COVID protocol, making Wilson’s return especially timely.

Wilson has 18 tackles, a pass breakup, and a QB hit in six games played this season. A groin injury on opening night kept him out of the lineup until mid-October.

Jourdan Lewis’s addition to the COVID list leaves the team a bit thin at cornerback, too. While rookie Kelvin Joseph could see a heavy dose of snaps, the veteran Canady will also be available, after being made immediately active by the club. Gehlken reports that the team is “confident in [his] conditioning” and that he’ll likely see playing time right away.

Cornerback Kyron Brown and safety Darian Thompson have also been elevated to the gameday roster from the practice squad to help Dallas cover the absences in the secondary.

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