The Cowboys have three important veteran players with varying levels of injury. Sean Lee was the first to hit the sidelines with a sprained MCL. There is no clear timetable for his return.
“I’m going to listen to the trainers on that one. But I know I’m progressing and feeling good about it,” he said Sunday.
Lee said he was feeling good through the first few days of practice, but someone rolled up on his knee during a practice period last week.“That’s how it happens sometimes,” he said.
Zack Martin was the next to go when he felt some pain in his back. An MRI revealed that there some irritation associated with a disk in his spine, but his absence isn’t expected to be prolonged.
Martin said Saturday he’s hoping for a “sooner than later” return to the field.
“We’ll give it some time to clam down a little bit,” Martin said. “Our training staff obviously has a lot of experience with those type injuries, so they have a plan in place and I’m just following what they’re telling me to do.”
Yesterday Jason Garrett said Martin could sit out for up to a week, or even more. Given his importance, it’s unlikely the Cowboys will rush it.
Amari Cooper hurt his heel yesterday, but his injury appears to be relatively minor. There was even some talk about him participating in the Blue White Scrimmage today.
“We’ll just see. He might practice today,” Garrett said Sunday. “He was moving around fine out there in the walkthrough so we’ll just see as the day progresses. If he doesn’t practice today, we’re off tomorrow and then hopefully we can get him back out there on Tuesday.”
The Cowboys decided not to put Cooper back on the field today, but the fact they even thought about it shows that the injury should heal quickly.