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Anthony Hitchens Injury: Cowboys starting linebacker out for eight weeks

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The Dallas Cowboys have suffered another significant loss. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his knee during the team’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday evening. He’ll be out for eight weeks.

Hitchens started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2016. During that span, the 25-year-old racked up 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hits, and one pass deflection. Hitchens ranked fourth on the Cowboys’ roster in combined tackles.

This offseason has been a rough one for Dallas. Ezekiel Elliott, their star running back, was suspended for the first six games of the season. The Cowboys’ best pass rusher, David Irving, got hit with a four-game suspension. Backup defensive end Damontre Moore received a two-game penalty.

There could be even more punishments on the way with starting cornerback Nolan Carroll getting arrested for DWI and linebacker Damien Wilson getting booked for two charges of aggravated assault.

The combination of injuries and suspensions could take a toll on a Cowboys team that won 13 games last year. Regression is expected.