IRVING, Texas – Several key starters who missed the preseason were on the practice field Monday as the Cowboys began their game week preparation for San Francisco.
After missing all four preseason games,
Melton and Claiborne actually returned to practice last week – Melton returning from a groin injury that limited him for three weeks, while Claiborne nursed a shoulder sprain. The duo did not receive any reps in the preseason finale against Denver, however, and their status for Week 1 has been a question mark.
Meanwhile, McClain has missed virtually all of training camp, and not just the Cowboys’ preseason games. An offseason acquisition, the defensive tackle sprained his ankle during the second padded practice of training camp in Oxnard, California, and rehabbed for the last month.
McClain said last week the gameplan was to test the ankle this week and see if he’d be good to go against the 49ers, who open the season against the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium. The bigger test will be if McClain sees any padded work during the competitive portions of this week’s practice.
It has to be an encouraging sign for such a heavily-injured team that only one current starter,
Also of note:
practice, but he didn’t appear to participate much in the early going. The linebacker had a wrap on his knee and sat out for the majority of individual drills, which is something that bears watching as the week goes on.
The Cowboys’ regular season roster looks slightly different now that the Cowboys have whittled it down to 53 players. Rookie corner
On the Cowboys’ practice squad, rookie linebackers Will Smith and Keith Smith have switched to No. 58 and No. 57, respectively. Defensive end Kenneth Boatright has switched to No. 79, and new fullback Nikita Whitlock will wear No. 47.