The Cowboys injury list is growing as the season is progressing. Today they had nine players who did not participate in practice. One of those is a guy that has been out a while in Tavon Austin. Then there are the more recent additions like Sean Lee and David Irving. Here is the full list:
Cowboys injury report. No Tyron Smith (back) today. pic.twitter.com/Eocyf0mWEF— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 14, 2018
New to the list, and a little surprising, is Tyron Smith with a back issue, something he has battled for a few seasons. Hopefully, this will turn out to be just a “veteran’s day” and nothing more.
Additionally, defensive linemen Antwaun Woods, Taco Charlton, Maliek Collins and Daniel Ross all were unable to go today. The Cowboys added a defensive lineman to their practice squad with all the injuries at that position. This replaces the spot left open by the promotion of Lance Lenoir.
Cowboys will bring back DT Aziz Shittu to the practice squad.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 14, 2018
As noted earlier today, Zack Martin didn’t practice but that was expected as the Cowboys are shielding him from putting any more stress on his knee than is absolutely necessary before the game.
In the good news column is Connor Williams returning on a limited basis, and linebacker Joe Thomas finally makes it back to a practice in a limited capacity.
As for Atlanta, they could receive a big boost on the defensive side of the ball. Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones has been cleared to play after spending almost the whole season on IR with a broken foot, but the Falcons aren’t sure he will be able to go this week.
“Close,” [Deion] Jones said on Wednesday when asked for a percentage on when he would return from a broken foot.
“We are going to make sure that we take great care of him,” Quinn said. “When he’s able to fully be Deion Jones all the way through, we’ll let him get back to it.”
The Falcons want to monitor Jones’ progress in practice this week. He’s been working on his agility and conditioning off to the side with the trainers for the past two weeks.
“There is a lot of practice to get it,” Quinn said. “I’ll keep you updated. We’ll know toward the end of the week about his readiness for the game.”