The Cowboys returned to work after a weekend off today; hosting a practice this morning. Today was supposed to be a walkthrough, but it appears it was a full go. The team is finally ready to return to a normal weekly schedule starting tomorrow; when they will have a day off. Welp.
The true return to form might not come until Wednesday when everyone returns to Valley Ranch.
After playing five games in 23 days, the first-place club and the first team to defeat a Super Bowl champ in a season opener in over a decade were the walking weary. They spent the weekend healing up and probably watching their next foe, the Seattle Seahawks, suffer a close loss at the hands of Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals. Well, it was also at the hands of Braylon Edwards, but I digress.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins and TE Jason Witten were participants today. Jenkins even assured that he is playing in Seattle on Sunday. Witten will continue to be monitored, but assuming no set backs he should be in the lineup.
The time off was much needed; but time didn't heal all wounds. Missing from practice today was Jay Ratliff, who is still suffering from his ankle injury. Phil Costa, whom Jerry Jones all but ruled out from the next game or so on Friday, didn't practice while his back tries to heal up.
The new name on the injury list, though, is safety Gerald Sensabaugh. Sensi was held out of practice after suffering concussion-like symptoms from a play late in the Giants game. @CBSSportsNFLDAL is reporting that Sensabaugh said he will still play on Sunday.
Should he not be cleared though, Dallas enters into a questionable situation. Who else on the team is adept at the "free safety" role?
Danny McCray, who returned to practice today after missing Week One with a neck stinger, would seem to be next in line. However, McCray is just now earning more spot snaps and hasn't been regarded as a "leap" guy in the same vein that fellow third-year UDFA S Barry Church has in 2012.
Also available at safety is Mana Silva, a second-year UDFA. There is no word on the status of fourth-round draft pick Matt Johnson, because the reporters that have access to practice apparently don't know what he looks like. I saw eight tweets about injuries and none mentioned Johnson in who's there or who's missing.
We'll keep an eye out for any additional news.
[UPDATE] My man Alex Mendez comes through on the Matt Johnson Watch:
@bloggingtheboys Matt Johnson was out there today but working on the side. Still taking it really, really slow with him.— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) September 10, 2012