Of keen interest to Dallas Cowboys fans this week is the health of left tackle Tyron Smith. After Smith did not play last week, and replacement player Terence Steele fared poorly on the left side of the line, getting Smith back is a high priority. The problem is we don’t know when that will happen. Smith spent today doing rehabbing his ankle instead of practicing.
Additionally, Cedrick Wilson is dealing with a shoulder injury and did not practice today. In a related note, wide receiver Michael Gallup is expected to be activated this week after losing half the season to a calf strain. His last game time was back in Week 1.
The Cowboys also gave some veterans a rest as we are getting into the middle of the season.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) will have a "veteran Wednesday" with limited practice reps, Mike McCarthy said. WR Amari Cooper, DE Randy Gregory and RG Zack Martin in category, too.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 10, 2021
LT Tyron Smith to rehab, not practice today. He is "making progress" from ankle injury.
Elliott was battling a knee injury in the Broncos game and Cooper has been fighting a hamstring issue for a few weeks. Both could certainly used limited reps or just rehab. Both were limited as was Randy Gregory.
The Cowboys kept long snapper Jake McQuaide out of practice as a precaution given kicker Greg Zuerlein was moved to the COVID list. Seems like Bryan Anger was also held out as he didn’t practice today either.
A source said the Cowboys held deep snapper Jake McQuaide out of practice as a precaution. He’s not on any COVID list as a close contact. Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein was placed on Reserve/COVID-19. Practice squad TE Ian Bunting conducted deep snapping responsibilities.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 10, 2021
With Zuerlein going to miss the game in all likelihood, the Cowboys signed a new kicker.
Cowboys are signing kicker Lirim Hajrullahu after he went a perfect 12-for-12 on field goals in his workout today, source said. Brett Maher also had a strong day, but Hajrullahu receives nod with Greg Zuerlein (COVID-19 protocol) unlikely to be available Sunday vs. Falcons.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 10, 2021
Lirim Hajrullahu beat out our old friend Brett Maher for the win.
The Cowboys full injury report.
Cowboys-Falcons injury report: pic.twitter.com/31fZHAAJI1— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 10, 2021
For the Falcons, tight end Lee Smith and cornerback Kendall Sheffield missed practice. EDGE Steven Means and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard were limited. EDGE Dante Fowler returned to practice after being designated for return after a stint on IR.