FRISCO, Texas – Friday offered one last glimpse at what the Cowboys might look like this weekend against Cincinnati.
Judging by their roll call at practice, it seemed like things might be looking good heading into Week 5. Tyron Smith and Dan Bailey, both of whom have been battling back injuries this week, practiced on the final day of the week – lending some confidence that the two Pro Bowlers might be available on Sunday.
That's a big bit of news to consider, for a variety of reasons. Smith's primary backup at left tackle, Chaz Green, once again did not practice with his foot sprain – which means that, if Smith cannot go against Cincinnati, the Cowboys could be reduced to shuffling their offensive line to make things work.
Bailey's presence would also be huge, considering that the Cowboys are reportedly holding a tryout of free agent kickers if he can't practice. It was also reported during the week that Jeff Heath could function as an emergency kicker if need be – though it's doubtful the Cowboys would feel comfortable trying him in a game.
Not all of the Cowboys' injury concerns returned on Friday, however.
Dez Bryant did not return to practice, as he continues to recover from the hairline fracture he suffered against Chicago on Sept. 25. It's worth noting, though, that the All-Pro wide out worked on his own with team athletic trainers – which is the most he has done all week long.
Orlando Scandrick also sat out for the third-consecutive day this week, putting his status in jeopardy for a third-straight outing. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Scandrick's status likely won't be known until Sunday afternoon.
"I think we'll call that a game time decision and see how that goes," he said. "And we really don't want to say one way or the other."
Lance Dunbar also sat out of practice, as Jones said he is coping with a knee injury he sustained during the 24-17 win against San Francisco. Dunbar popped up on the injury report when he couldn't finish Wednesday's practice, and his availability for Sunday is up in the air.
"We need some more time. He's having a little knee issue. We'll get him back right," Jones said. "That's something that the rest is something that the doctor ordered so to speak. And we'll have him back in full form."
David Irving also sat out on Friday, as he is still recovering from the concussion he suffered last week.