From looking at Saturday's first team performance, you wouldn't have noticed that the Cowboys were missing a total of eight starters. WR , C , G and TE sat out on offense, while the defense played without DE , NT , OLB and OLB .
In addition to the eight starters, another 11 players did not suit up on Saturday due to various ailments (WR, RB , LB Isiah Greenhouse, WR Saalim Hakim, C/G , CB , S , LB , OT Jermey Parnell, RB , LB ).
Thankfully, there were no further injuries in Saturday's game, and the number of walking wounded among the Cowboys players is decreasing almost daily. After the break, we look at the status of the injured Cowboys, including who's doing what at today's joint practice with the Chargers.
A significant number of previously injured Cowboys players showed up for practice today in full pads and ready to go against the Chargers:
- Left guard Nate Livings is practicing in full pads for the first time since injuring his hamstring early in training camp.
- The front seven gets a boost with Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer all working out against the Chargers in full pads.
- Also practicing in full pads today are rookies Danny Coale, Matt Johnson and Lance Dunbar, all of whom need to come back strong to secure a roster spot.
There are a number of injured players doing light running on the sidelines, an indication that they are close to joining practice again soon: Ware, Austin, Costa and Parnell are working off to the side.
Todd Archer from ESPN Dallas spoke briefly with Mike Jenkins on Saturday and summarized their talk as follows:
He said that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is feeling better and better every day. He is working through some scar tissue issues that have hampered his strength, but his range of motion is fine. He isn’t ruling out being available for the Sept. 5 opener at the New York Giants, but he will take another trip to Pensacola, Fla., to visit with Dr. James Andrews for a checkup.
Here's a summary table of all the injured Cowboys players, sorted by how far away from joining the team they are.
|TE||Witten||Spleen||Shut down for at least another week|
|WR||Hakim||Finger||Recovering from surgery on finger|
|RB||Tanner||Broken Hand||Recovering from surgery on hand|
|OLB||Wilberforce||Broken Thumb||Recovering from surgery to thumb, likely back by mid September|
|OG||Kowalski||Ankle||Still in walking boot & crutches. Quick return unlikely.|
|ILB||Greenhouse||Broken Thumb||No surgery required on broken thumb. "Not with the team but has not been cut."|
|ILB||McSurdy||Torn Achilles||Successful surgery, out for the year|
Of course, this is just a snapshot. In today's practice against the Chargers, Dez Bryant, Donovan Kemp and Andre Holmes walked off with the trainers. Donovan Kemp and Dez Bryant are getting MRIs on knees, while Andre Holmes is getting an MRI on his back. We'll see what their status is later in the day.