Flu limits availability of Cowboys defense leading up to Patriots

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) gives a thumbs-up to his teammates during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

A flu virus has spread through the Dallas Cowboys faster than a social media rumor and limited the availability of defenders throughout the week.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, linebacker Joe Thomas, safety Donovan Wilson, linebacker Justin March, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, and safety Xavier Woods were dealing with the flu or other related illnesses. Even linebackers coach Ben Bloom was dealing the flu.

On his weekly Friday radio appearance on the Cowboys Radio Network flagship station, KRLD-FM, Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said that Thomas would be available despite the flu knocking him out during the week.

“He’s really on the back side of that and feel really good about him being ready to go,” Jones said.

The Cowboys need all the help they can get on defense as they take on the 9-1 New England Patriots Sunday afternoon at 3:25 p.m. CT from Gillette Stadium.

Dallas’ encounter with the Patriots is widely seen as a measuring stick game for the 6-4 club that has failed in previous outings against playoff contenders such as the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. A win against the Patriots would demonstrate to the critics that the Cowboys are capable of beating the upper echelon of the NFL. If not, Cowboys fans are going to be sick with the prognosis of their 6-5 club.