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Jason Garrett gives the latest injury updates on Sean Lee, Cole Beasley, and Xavier Woods

Coach updates the media on the state of the Cowboys.

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The Friday press conference is the last one before the Cowboys take on the Seahawks. Let’s check in with Jason Garrett. (All Garrett answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes.)


How has Sean Lee looked in practice?

He was limited, we’re hopeful he can do more today, hopefully he’ll get a little better as we head into the game.

What about Cole Beasley?

He twisted his ankle at the end of practice on Wednesday, he didn’t do much yesterday.

Will Maliek Collins practice?

He has not practiced the last few days, he’ll be limited today if he does anything, we’ll have to see today.

What have you seen in Deonte Thompson?

He’s a pro, we saw it on tape and everyone who knew him reaffirmed it. He’s professional, detailed in his technique, he’s productive, he catches it when it comes to him, he’s a team guy and embraces his opportunities.

How has Brice Butler looked?

He’s done a good job, you can tell he was in a training camp, he’s always stayed in shape, he’s getting himself acclimated to our practice routines again.

Does he have chemistry with Dak Prescott?

Dak an Brice have time on task together, there is a comfort level.

How did Connor Williams improve in his second game?

Just the the experience of playing. He did some good in the first game and he had plenty to learn. He fights and competes, he doesn’t go away when he has adversity. He’s played more now, he’s seen more situations so he can be more decisive and pounce on things. He’s still a work in progress but he is getting better.

How do you handle things like the reports about Terrance Williams possibly getting suspended?

That’s a theme, the importance of focus, focus on today to get better, focus on today to get ready for game. It goes back to mental toughness, you have to lock in and eliminate the noise.

Was part of your evaluation of Leighton Vander Esch was that he could handle different responsibilities and positions?

It was. His strength is his football IQ, intelligence and work ethic. He prepares, studies, he plays base, nickel, inside, and outside and he wants more. He loves to be tested and quizzed and come back with the right answer. His approach is outstanding and he’s passionate. At his position he needs to be on it mentally and make the calls.

When Sean Lee had the medical issue, was it more the score that you took him out, or the depth behind him?

You evaluate the injury, there’s a medical part to it. If he can hut himself further we take him out, but we do have confidence in the others. Jaylon Smith has grown so much and has done a great job of getting back. Vander Esch is able to handle responsibility, they do a good job commanding the defense.

Are you trying to create a rotation to give Lee time off?

That’s been a plan in the past, something we want to do, then when you have a high-draft pick like Vander Esch you want to get him in. There are a lot of different responsibilities at linebacker.

Is that the same with the safeties?

We’re hopeful Xavier Woods can play this week, he’s had a couple of good days at practice, we’ll see what happens today. Kavon Frazier has played well.

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