While the Cowboys have played poorly and are down 13-6 in Washington, the results across the NFC make the game inconsequential even if the optics are bad. Late in the third quarter, Dallas elected to keep a majority of starters on the field.
On a 20-yard gain by Jahan Dotson, safety Jayron Kearse was the one to bring him down and went down hard on his back, hitting his helmet on the turf and he was slow to get up. After trainers took the field to check on him, he was easily able to reach the sideline but was taken to the medical tent for further evaluation.
The hard hit to the turf likely led to the evaluation and it’s safe to assume Kearse won’t return even if he’s okay. For now, the Cowboys are keeping their starters on the field in a pointless spot.