Heath exited Monday's practice early due to an ankle sprain, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
The ankle sprain does not appear to be anything serious, as Heath wanted to return to practice but was denied by defensive backs coach Kris Richard. If Heath ends up missing any practice, Kavon Frazier is primed to step in at strong safety.
Heath finished the regular season with 71 tackles (63 solo), three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 15 games.
The tackles and picks were career highs for Heath, who got his first chance at a regular starting job in the NFL with somewhat mixed results. His high ratio of solo tackles is a testament to his hard-hitting ways in the open field, but it also shows a lack of foot speed that made him a step or two later to the ball than his teammates. With younger safeties like Xavier Woods pushing for bigger roles in 2018, Heath could find it difficult to hang onto his starting spot.
Heath recorded 11 tackles and an interception in Sunday's win over the Giants.
It was his best performance of the year from an IDP perspective, and Heath now has career highs in tackles (61) and INTs (three) on the season, with all three picks coming in the last five games. The fifth-year player and first-year starter seems to be rising to the challenge of improved play from young safeties like Kevon Frazier and Xavier Woods behind him on the Cowboys depth chart.
Heath (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Thursday's matchup with the Chargers.
Heath was listed as a full participant in practices throughout the week and was apparently removed from the concussion protocol, so he'll be ready to return from a one-game absence. Look for him to start at safety along with Byron Jones, which will likely result in Xavier Woods fading back into a reserve role.
The Cowboys went through a walkthrough rather than an actual practice, but Heath displayed an ability to handle every rep thrown his way. Nevertheless, his status should be watched in advance of Thursday's game against the Chargers, as logging a full session doesn't necessarily mean a player has passed through the entire concussion protocol.
|3||9/23/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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