Barry 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 Dallas Cowboys next season, but there's no guarantee that Church will be lined up next to him.
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 year, he'll finish with 117 (78 solo) and a forced fumble in 15 games.
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
Church has soldiered through a high-ankle sprain the past few weeks, but perhaps his insistence on playing through the pain has caught up to him. Entering the game as the
Barry Church (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest at Miami, David Helman of the Dallas Cowboys ' official site reports.
Playing through the residual effects of a high ankle sprain yet again, Church is one of the most reliable secondary members in terms of tackles, with 73 in nine outings. However, he has failed to factor into the turnover game in 2015, as he did in four of his first five seasons.
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