The Dallas Cowboys' Friday practice for the upcoming wild-card round playoff game against the Detroit Lions was moved indoors again because of rain. For the second day in a row the Cowboys practiced at the indoor facility of Highland Park. Today's news was accompanied by the surprise announcement that defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford did not attend the practice. Crawford was absent because of illness, something that has affected other members of the team recently, including Rolando McClain who missed the Washington season finale because of it. Fingers crossed that Crawford will be ready to go by Sunday and feel no lingering effects of the illness.
Two players who didn't practice and who look likely to miss the playoff game are right tackle Doug Free and linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Neither player has participated in practice this week and that usually means they won't play. Free is still fighting foot/ankle issues while Hitchens has a high ankle sprain. As long as Rolando McClain is ready to play, and it looks like he will be since he has practiced this week, the Cowboys can roll out a linebacking corps of McClain, Bruce Carter and Kyle Wilber. But if any of those guys need rest or have any kind of injury in the game, the Cowboys will be testing their depth at the position.