Moore Cautious, But Hopes To Get Work In Thursday

10 September 2017: Michele Tafoya of NBC Sports talks with Jaylon Smith (54) of the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL week 1 regular season 19-3 win over the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – Sterling Moore is feeling less apprehensive as he comes back from his groin injury and hopes he can get some work in at Thursday's practice.

Head coach Jason Garrett's been careful not to say Moore, who returned from the injury to practice for a day in California before sitting out again, had a setback. Moore said it was somewhere between a setback and a precaution, because he felt the pain in the groin when he tried to return early, but he didn't have any problems while going through some drills on his own Wednesday.

It's a frustrating injury because of the unpredictability of it, so he's not sure if he's going to practice fully Thursday, but he hopes he can get in.

"I don't know, I just talk to the trainers," Moore said. "They've got to get together and they've got to talk to Garrett. My hope is that I can get out there and do some things tomorrow, but then again, that was my hope today. So we'll see how it goes."

Moore said he's got to be careful he doesn't repeat what happened to him a week ago. 

Photos from Wednesday's practice at Valley Ranch.

"I think the biggest thing is that I think I came back a day too early last week against the Raiders," he said. "That's what we're trying to avoid now."

Moore was able to do resistance drills Wednesday. He said recently he wakes up and feels OK and goes out to the field and starts moving around and the groin feels tighter, which can be frustrating. He said he was still apprehensive about doing too much Tuesday, but he felt a lot freer Wednesday.

The corner appeared to be one of the top performers at his position in last year's camp before getting cut, so he knows the dangers of missing practice time, but he also said he doesn't feel pressured to rush back if he's not ready. Garrett had a similar opinion.

"We're for practice. We want him to be out there," Garrett said. "But we've got to manage his situation. We feel like he got some good work in today and made some progress, and hopefully he'll be able to practice tomorrow."

While he may need to patient, Moore said he definitely needs to get more work in the preseason before it's over. [embedded_ad]

"How much, I don't know," Moore said. "I think the big thing is even the practice reps, those are going to help a lot for me being in the slot. So game reps, obviously I'm going to need some, just because the speed is going to be different. But I think the practice reps and seeing the routes and being out there and the movements of being a slot corner is a big thing, because it's different than outside."

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