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Practice Report: Injuries Take A Heavy Toll


FRISCO, Texas – It's a light crowd as the Cowboys hit the practice field for the first time this week.

With a rash of injuries across the roster, several of the team's biggest names were not on the field Wednesday morning. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, Byron Jones, Anthony Brown and Dorance Armstrong were all absent from the first on-field work of Week 7.

For those keeping score at home, that's both starting offensive tackles, two of the top three receivers, two of the top three cornerbacks on the roster and a rotational defensive end – all sitting down for the first practice of the week.

Obviously, that can change as the week goes along. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett listed all of those injuries as "day to day" back on Monday, so it'll bear monitoring during Thursday's and Friday's practices.

The Cowboys' offensive line also had another, unlooked-for absence, as Travis Frederick sat out for personal reasons on Wednesday. Joe Looney took his place as the first-team center.

There was one new face at practice, though. With Tyrone Crawford moving to injured reserve, the Cowboys signed veteran defensive tackle Justin Hamilton to help offset the loss on their defensive line. Hamilton has been in the NFL since 2015 and recently spent training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has three tackles in eight career games.