IRVING, Texas – The typical football adage is that a player needs to practice in order to play. If that’s the case, it’s going to a close call for several of the Cowboys’ injury concerns on Thursday against Denver.
The Cowboys only have two practices days this week – Monday and Tuesday – before they suit up for their fourth and final preseason game. The preseason finale is typically reserved for fringe players and roster spot battles, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has said before he hasn’t ruled out giving playing time to injured veterans.
The short week is going to test his willingness to do that, however.
“This week is going to go fast,” Garrett said. “We are going to practice tomorrow and then we won’t practice again until Saturday.”
“My goal is to see how much I can practice my Saturday, so that will determine how much I practice next week,” McClain said. “I might have some hope, but if I do get in there it would probably only be a couple of reps.”
That seems to be the case for several Cowboys’ starters this week.
“We don’t think it’s too, too serious,” he said. “We probably will keep him out of contact here for the next few days, but we don’t think it’s going to be too long for him.”
The same can probably be said for
“Obviously, we played Saturday night and it’s Monday morning. The idea was to give him the opportunity, in a light practice, to collect himself and take the day off,” he said. “I think he’s doing OK. He seemed to hold up fairly well throughout that ballgame.”
“After a week or so, I don’t think it’ll be healed. It’s definitely better, more range of motion in it, I can reach up now,” Claiborne said. “So you know it’s getting better each and every day, and it’s going to be up to the coaches at game time.”