The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants are preparing for their opener of the 2016 season on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. A good ol' NFC East clash is certainly an entertaining way to kick off the schedule. And for the first time since Calvin Hill and Roger Staubach did it way back in 1969, the Cowboys will be starting an all-rookie backfield with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.
"I think we're ready," Elliot said Wednesday. "I think we're prepared. We're both very poised. I think that we're excited to compete. Just because we're rookies we don't want anyone to think there will be any drop-offs."
Elliott was expected to start since the moment the Cowboys drafted him fourth overall, but Prescott is in, of course, because of Tony Romo's injury.
"He's a rookie so we have to treat him as a rookie," linebacker Keenan Robinson said, via NJ.com. "That means that we have to get him rattled. It's his first big game. He's played preseason games, but he hasn't played on Sunday in the NFL yet. So this will be a test for him."
Added Robinson: "We basically have to ruin this kid's debut in the NFL."
Today's injury report was just a formality, but it did officially rule out Romo for the game against the Giants. No surprise. Joining Romo on the sidelines for the game will be linebacker Mark Nzeocha who is working his way back from an Achilles strain. Also missing will be fourth-round draft pick Charles Tapper who, like Romo, is recovering from a fracture in a vertebra. Guard Ronald Leary is listed as questionable with a groin issue.
The Cowboys did get lucky on the injury front today. Wide receiver and return man Lucky Whitehead was involved in a car accident early Friday morning, but walked away with just a cut on his arm. He practiced today and should be a go for Sunday.
The Giants come into the game almost injury-free, with only defensive tackle Robert Thomas missing because of an illness.