Rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (shoulder, hamstring) is expected to be removed from the Non-Football Injury list today, and barring a setback, should be ready to practice for the first time as a Cowboy.
Owusu-Ansah said Tuesday he didn't expect to play in this weekend's preseason opener, but he's been itching to practice. Due to March shoulder surgery prior to the draft, he wasn't able to participate in any offseason practices or the first 11 days of training camp.
Second-round linebacker Sean Lee (strained quad) is also likely to practice for the first time since July 27, according to Wade Phillips.
Owusu-Ansah's camp work has been all mental, staying attentive in meetings and learning the safety position. Secondary coaches Dave Campo and Brett Maxie have been pleased with that side of his development, but there's nothing like actual on-field reps.
"He's a smart kid," Campo said. "When we go through our film, I probably say his name more than anybody because I know the other guys, they're practicing and everything.
I'll say, 'Akwasi, what's this?' And I'll go through another play and all of a sudden I'll say, 'Got that Akwasi?' You've got to keep him into it."