FRISCO, Texas – It was a light practice at the outset of a long week, but the Cowboys appear fairly healthy heading into Monday Night Football.
The team took the field for what Cowboys coach Jason Garett referred to as a bonus practice on Tuesday, and most of their main injury concerns were on hand.
That includes Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, Amari Cooper, Robert Quinn and Leighton Vander Esch. The Cowboys' offensive tackles had been battling ankle and knee injuries for much of the past month, while Cooper has been battling various leg ailments this year. All three played in the Eagles game before the bye week, and all three appear geared up for this game against the New York Giants.
Quinn and Vander Esch both sustained injuries in that win against the Eagles, but Garrett said Tuesday morning that both would be able to participate.
The three main absences were Cam Fleming, Trysten Hill and Antwaun Woods. Fleming strained his calf last week during one of the Cowboys' two bye week practices. It remains to be seen why Hill and Woods were absent, though it's worth pointing out that this is in fact a bonus practice.
Newly-added defensive lineman Michael Bennett was also on hand Tuesday. Bennett was acquired in a trade with New England on Thursday night. He arrived in Dallas for a physical on Friday before returning home, and he reported to work Monday night.