The Cowboys are hopeful that Terence Newman's groin injury isn't anything serious, but the cornerback will undergo further tests Wednesday evening.
Newman suffered the injury near the end of Wednesday's afternoon full-padded practice at the Alamodome. He fell awkwardly to the turf after a play in the open field. Once he got to his feet, he gingerly walked off the field and then eventually to the locker room and didn't return.
He was golf carted back to the hotel immediately following the end of practice.
Cowboys VP and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said "I hope I have nothing to worry about," when asked after practice. "But you never know about these things until we get it checked out."
Newman missed five games in 2008 with an abdominal strain and then played through injured ribs for most of last season.
Health and durability have been issues for Newman, who turns 33 next month. And his future with the team was seemingly in jeopardy earlier this week when the Cowboys were heavily pursuing free-agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who eventually signed with the Eagles.
With Newman out, the Cowboys used Orlando Scrandrick as a starter. Expect Alan Ball to return once the CBA is ratified and he's likely to move back to cornerback as well – a move the club has anticipated most of this offseason.