IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys came out of Sunday's win against New York with several new injuries – none of them seemingly too serious.
Most noteworthy of several new problems are thumb injuries to both Jeff Heath and Jack Crawford. Both players are expected to have surgery Wednesday morning after sustaining those injuries in the 31-28 win.
"I don't necessarily anticipate Heath and Jack necessarily being ready for this week with those thumb injuries. We'll keep you guys informed with what we do with those guys," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
The prognosis on how long the two will miss isn't certain at this point, but it's an issue worth keeping an eye on as the Cowboys approach the final month of the season. Dallas will only have four games to play when this week is over – which puts the coaching staff in a time crunch when considering moving players to injured reserve.
"I think you're always kind of doing the math," Garrett said. "How long is he going to be out? How many more games do we have? The value of the player matters."
Heath has been one of the Cowboys' special teams standouts and has 15 tackles on the year, while Crawford has two sacks this season. Heath said if it comes down to pain tolerance, he doesn't plan on missing any action.
"If it comes down to just a pain thing and I can wear a cast, then that's what I plan on doing," he said.
Terrance Williams suffered a broken finger in the win, though it doesn't look likely to hold him against the Eagles. Garrett said the second-year receiver doesn't need surgery and will be able to wear a splint this week.
Neither Williams nor newly-acquired linebacker Dekoda Watson, who hurt his hamstring against the Giants, practiced on Monday. Garrett said both players will be monitored as the Cowboys continue their preparations for Thursday's game.
"We'll see what those guys are able to do the next couple of days," he said.
Tyler Patmon sat out of Monday's practice, as he continues to recuperate from the knee and ankle injuries he suffered against Jacksonville. The recovery time for the rookie corner was set at roughly four weeks, which makes him an unlikely candidate to play Thursday.
Tony Romo sat out of practice, but Garrett said he expects the veteran quarterback to work back into the routine on Tuesday – despite the shortened week.
"It's a different week for everybody in terms of how strenuous the practice is," Garrett said. "It felt a little like walkthrough, like you would do on a Wednesday morning. I anticipate him doing something tomorrow in practice."