Will he or won't he play?
The really good news is that DeMarcus Ware is back at practice, his back problems apparently are minor and he should be good to go on Sunday. The other news is what we expected. Felix Jones and Jason Hatcher are out, and Derrick Dockery is pretty much toast for this week, too. That means Marcus Spears will continue to start, and hopefully build on a good game against the Patriots. Kevin Kolwaski or Montrae Holalnd will be lining up in the now vacated Bill Nagy spot, with Dockery having to wait to make his move until later.
Tony Fiametta is practicing again today, and this is news that is flying a little under the radar. I thought Fiametta was showing some potential as a lead blocker, and the Cowboys could use anything to bolster their run game. With Felix Jones out, DeMarco Murray gets a big shot to show he was worth the draft pick, and having Fiametta helping could be a tonic for an ill ground game.
Bruce Carter continues to practice, we'll have to wait to see if he makes the active roster this week. And David Buehler is practicing, and has me scratching my head as to why? Dan Bailey has shown he can handle the kicking duties.
Over on the Rams side of things, the big news is surrounding Sam Bradford's ankle. As mentioned before, it's all about playing with pain and being able to drop back. Turf Show Times quotes another article with this evaluation:
The key will be Bradford's ability to drop back, which is a lateral move. If he can do this in practice by Saturday, he should have no real issues playing. Bradford is not much of a scrambler, so it shouldn't create much of an issue. Even if he's slightly limited, the Rams could shift to short drops or shotgun.
Rams receiver Mark Clayton looked fine in practice yesterday, but his status is far from certain for Sunday.
One other quick non-injury news, it looks like Kevin Ogletree will return punts with Dwayne Harris relegated to the practice squad. Garrett says Terence Newman and Dez Bryant might get in on some action, but Ogletree looks to be the main guy.
"What we'd like to be able to do is be able to use each of those guys when we need to use them," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "That's why they'll continue to be back there working in practice and be ready to do it in the game. Terence is a starter as well [as Bryant], and you've just got to manage that situation as best you can. Kevin Ogletree has done a nice job back there in practice catching the punts. He’s been doing it since the start of training camp. We just want to maximize that opportunity and at the same time make sure we're securing the football."