Parramatta have agreed to release out of favour halfback Chris Sandow from his NRL contract on Thursday, effective immediately.
The Eels have been hit hard on the injury front and the Cowboys will be keen to run up a big score at home to show off their premiership credentials here.
Manly's Ligi Sao has been found not guilty but Eels playmaker Chris Sandow will miss two NRL matches after pleading guilty to a shoulder charge.
The Parramatta Eels will be without two of their most important middle forwards after Anthony Watmough and Danny Wicks were ruled out for the season.
Milestone men, the Sharks' narrow results, the Roosters win a penalty count and Queensland sides continue to dominate. The key stats from Round 19.
For the Eels to earn an unlikely finals berth, they'll need to overcome a catastrophic injury toll and start taking down some big opponents away from home.
A scrappy affair saw the Bulldogs overcome a poor first half starved of ball to race away with a win over the injury-hit Eels. Here are five talking points.
Parramatta copped a triple whammy on Friday night, suffering a heavy loss to rivals Canterbury and potentially losing key men Corey Norman and Danny Wicks.
A knee injury to Eels fullback Corey Norman has added injury to insult after Parramatta were outplayed and outmuscled by the Bulldogs.
He might be the Parramatta skipper, but that hasn't stopped some of Tim Mannah's family members supporting his club's fierce rivals the Bulldogs.