Church (arm) enters training camp with 100 percent health, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. A tough son of a gun, Church brushed off a high ankle sprain for the last two months of the season, but a broken arm in Week 16 was too much to overcome in his quest for a third consecutive complete campaign. Despite the sprain and missing one game, the strong safety totaled 117 tackles (78 solo), which ranked third among defensive backs behind the Dolphins' Reshad Jones and the Bills' Corey Graham. Entering his age-28 season, Church is still within the window to produce elite numbers, and reaching triple digits in tackles would mark his third such occasion in four years.
Church ended the season on IR due to a broken arm, but still recorded 117 tackles in 15 games. It's the second time in his career that he's topped 100 tackles in a season, but Church failed to record an interception or even a pass defended in 2015, and the 27-year-old safety has increasingly been seen as a liability in pass coverage. First round pick Byron Jones seems like a lock to fill one of the safety spots for the Cowboys next season, but there's no guarantee that Church will be lined up next to him.
Church broke his arm Sunday at Buffalo and will miss the rest of the season, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Church played much of the season with a high ankle sprain, but ultimately a clean fracture in his arm will sideline him for the season finale. Among the leading tacklers all season, he'll finish with 117 (78 solo) and a forced fumble in 15 games.
Church picked up 11 tackles in Monday's win over Washington. It's the third time in the last six games that he's hit for double-digit tackles, and Church is now on pace for 123 tackles on the season. He's purely an in-the-box safety at this point, and he has yet to record a single defended pass this year much less an INT, but that still gives him plenty of IDP value in the Cowboys' scheme.
Church (ankle) is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Panthers due to a calf injury, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports. Church has soldiered through a high-ankle sprain the past few weeks, but perhaps is insistence on playing through the pain has caught up to him. Entering the game as the Cowboys' leading tackler (and third among the NFL's defensive backs) with 77 on the season, IDP owners should watch his health with interest in advance of the Cowboys' Week 13 contest at Washington on Dec. 7.
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