Cowboys Getting Healthier In Time For Playoffs


FRISCO, Texas – It's a short week leading into Saturday's wild-card playoff home game against Seattle, but the Cowboys appear to be in decent shape on the injury front.

With the exception of defensive lineman David Irving (ankle), head coach Jason Garrett said all players on the current 53-man roster are likely to practice "in some way, shape or form" Tuesday when the team gets back to work.

It's an abbreviated schedule this week coming off Sunday's 36-35 road win over the Giants in the regular-season finale. Garrett said the players will come in on their own to lift and run Monday while the coaches continue their preparation for Seattle. Practice begins Tuesday in what will be a normal Wednesday practice schedule.

Garrett said he anticipated defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford would be "at least limited" in Tuesday's practice. Crawford was inactive Sunday with the neck injury he suffered against the Bucs on Dec. 23. All tests were negative on Crawford's neck and he's functioning normally.

Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch got kicked in the shin in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, and starting left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo exited in the second half with an ankle injury. But neither issue appears to be serious.