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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Leg injuries slow Cowboys safeties

By Todd Archer

SEATTLE -- As the final quarter ticked away, the Cowboys’ starting safeties were on the sidelines with injuries, replaced by Danny McCray and Mana Silva.

Barry Church suffered a quadriceps bruise in the first half while covering a kickoff, and Gerald Sensabaugh limped off with a calf strain and was in a protective boot after the 27-7 loss.

Both players promised to be ready for next week’s home opener at Cowboys Stadium against Tampa Bay.

“It just kind of popped a little bit,” said Sensabaugh, who suffered the injury on a Marshawn Lynch run, “but I’m all right.”

Sensabaugh suffered from concussion-like symptoms after the season-opening win at the New York Giants on Sept. 5 and was limited for one day of practice before fully participating Thursday and Friday.

Church attempted to return for a few snaps but was unable to get his leg loose.

“It’s probably one of the toughest feelings just sitting there watching a team kind of drive the field and know you can’t do anything about it because you’re injured,” Church said. “I felt like I wasn’t there for my teammates. I’m going to try to get healthy as I can and I’ll be back for next week.”