McCann Cut Indicates Newman's Return Close

IRVING, Texas -- Terence Newman says he'll be back this week, and Bryan McCann's release Tuesday seems to indicate the Cowboys are indeed optimistic about their veteran cornerback's return from a seven-week groin injury.

Orlando Scandrick was still in a walking boot Monday to stabilize his high ankle sprain. Without McCann, the Cowboys are down to three cornerbacks -- Mike Jenkins (who's banged up), Alan Ball and newly-signed Frank Walker -- unless Newman is close to re-joining them. Got to have at least four on game day.

Now, head coach Jason Garrett has said he needs to see Newman demonstrate he's ready in practice after missing so much time. Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Newman wouldn't play until he's "just right" because the team wanted to be "ultra conservative" -- in other words, no setbacks once he's back on the field.

That time could be very soon, and the Cowboys need their veteran starter back -- based on sheer numbers, if nothing else.

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