Ed. Note: The official injury report hasn’t surfaced yet, but we do have a pool report from the Cowboys website.
It may be a little late in the season to make a difference, but the Dallas Cowboys are getting healthier. Last week center Tyler Biadasz was designated for return and saw some action in the game on special teams, although Joe Looney remained the starter. We’ll see if Biadasz gets the job back this week.
For the 49ers game, the Cowboys secondary appears to be getting healthier. Chidobe Awuzie is coming off the COVID list and should be ready to start again. Trevon Diggs has been designated for return off of IR, but we’ll have to see how he does this week in practice. Also, safety Donovan Wilson and corner Anthony Brown were practicing today. Brown has been practicing for a bit but has yet to be active. Wilson has been out for the last few games.
If all four of those players are ready to go this week, the Cowboys secondary will be much improved.
A few of the young corners who played in the Bengals game are either banged up or absent. Rashard Robinson had a wrap on his knee and was working the resistance bands early in practice. Savion Smith had his hand wrapped after fracturing it in Cincinnati, but was practicing today. Deante Burton wasn’t on the field to start practice.
Ezekiel Elliott was working on the side because of his calf injury, and the Cowboys have said that for the foreseeable future that Zeke will be limited in practice reps to lessen the chance of more injury. Zeke was able to play in the Bengals game but Tony Pollard got more carries than he usually does, indicating they are keeping Elliott from overdoing it.
The 49ers might be getting back a big part of their offense just in time for the Cowboys game.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated tight end George Kittle was likely to return to practice this week after missing the team’s last five games with a foot injury.
Kittle’s return to on-field work became official on Wednesday. Kittle has been designated to return from injured reserve.
The tight end could be activated in time for this Sunday’s game against the Cowboys and has a three-week window before a decision must be made to bring him back or shut him down for the rest of the season.