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The Cowboys had to move their practice to Cowboys stadium due to the weather, and once there found that they didn't have very many healthy linebackers left to practice with.
The Dallas Cowboys moved their Wednesday practice to Cowboys Stadium after their practice field at Valley Ranch was covered in snow today. Garrett said earlier that the Cowboys didn't have the equipment to get the practice field ready in this kind of weather:
"It’s just not functional right now," Garrett said. "It’s a sheet of ice. We don’t have all the necessary equipment to thaw it out to the point where we are able to practice."
"Regardless of where you’re playing, who you’re playing, you have to be your best, so we’ll try to do that and we’ll try to do our best in our preparation," Garrett said. "We’re going to practice at the stadium today and hopefully be able to practice on our field tomorrow."
Here's a picture of the practice field courtesy of Shannon Gross as retweeted Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas:
For what it's worth, the Redskins also had to practice indoors today, as their practice fields were just as iced over as the fields in Valley Ranch.
Looks like the Cowboys only have three healthy linebackers left on the roster in Anthony Spencer, Dan Connor and Kyle Wilber. All others showed up at practice with some kind of injury:
- DeMarcus Ware was on hand at practice but did not participate as he continued working through elbow and shoulder injuries.
- Victor Butler did not practice due to groin injury
- Alex Albright was limited with knee injury.
- ILB Brady Poppinga missed practice due to travel problems getting back to Dallas after the Christmas break.
- Ernie Sims, who suffered a concussion early in the Steelers game and left early in the Saints game due to dizziness, was a full participant.
In other injury news, Jason Hatcher sat out today's practice with a thigh bruise, but said he expects to practice on Thursday. Fellow defensive lineman Robert Callaway apparently missed practice for the same reason Poppinga did.
DeMarco Murray was a full participant in practice today, the first time he's practiced on a Wednesday since coming back from his foot injury. Dez Bryant (finger) and Felix Jones (knees) were both also full participants. Safety Matt Johnson was also practicing, but he won't be eligible to rejoin the roster until sometime in January.
Jay Ratliff is out for another couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on a sports hernia earlier in the month.
Official Injury Report (via the NFL Media department) from Wednesday's practice:
||WR Dez Bryant (finger), RB Felix Jones (knee), RB DeMarco Murray (foot), ILB Ernie Sims (concussion)|
|Limited Participation||LB Alex Albright (knee)|
|No participation||LB Victor Butler (groin), DT Rob Callaway (not injury related), DE Jason Hatcher (thigh), ILB Brady Poppinga (not injury related), OLB DeMarcus Ware (elbow, shoulder), NT Jay Ratliff (groin)|
||LB Lorenzo Alexander (shoulder), DE Stephen Bowen (biceps), WR Pierre Garcon (foot), QB Bob Griffin (knee), LB Ryan Kerrigan (ankle), C Will Montgomery (knee), WR Joshua Morgan (hand), T Trent Williams (thigh), CB Josh Wilson (shoulder)|
||S DeJon Gomes (knee)|
||WR Dezmon Briscoe (not injury related), LB London Fletcher (ankle), T Tyler Polumbus (head)|