OXNARD, Calif. – Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones doesn't expect All-Pros Dez Bryant (hamstring) or Tyron Smith (biceps) to play in next Sunday's second preseason game at San Francisco.
Bryant has missed practice and the preseason opener at San Diego since straining his hamstring in practice Aug. 6.
Smith also was held out of the Cowboys' preseason loss to the Chargers and hasn't practiced since due to a biceps strain.
"We're going to go slow there," Jones said of Smith.
The team won't rush back either star player.
It's certainly possible both return for the customary 'dress rehearsal' game for the starters Aug. 29 against Minnesota, but the primary focus is obviously the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Giants.
Regarding Bryant, head coach Jason Garrett said, "The worst thing you can do is get a guy coming back, working hard in his rehab but then you put him out there too early and then he falls back for a couple of weeks and he's on the shelf. You want to make sure they're ready to go and then when they get out there, you ease them into it a little bit and then you let them go."
The same approach applies to Smith.