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Report: Cowboys LB Keanu Neal placed on Reserve/COVID list

Todd Brock
Cowboys Wire

The toughest opponent the Cowboys have faced so far in 2021 seems to be the Reserve/COVID list. The team has placed another player on the watchlist, leaving his status for Monday night's home opener against the Eagles in serious doubt.

Linebacker Keanu Neal is entering the protocol, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. That news comes the same day that defensive end Randy Gregory rejoins the team after missing Week 2's game in Los Angeles.

Gregory is expected to play Monday night. Neal's availability is not yet known.

The veteran in his sixth pro season (but his first in Dallas) has logged six solo tackles over the team's first two games. A former safety under Dan Quinn in Atlanta, Neal made the switch to linebacker this offseason upon reuniting with Quinn in Dallas.

Cowboys were without RG Zack Martin, G/T Brandon Knight and WR Noah Brown in Week 1 and DE Randy Gregory in Week 2 because of COVID-19. Now they must prepare for the possibility of playing without LB Keanu Neal in Week 3. https://t.co/q1WzzfJw3V

Neal played nearly 77% of the team's defensive snaps against Tampa in Week 1. Against the Chargers, he was on the field for almost 72%.

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