WHAT: San Francisco 49ers (3-7) vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-4.)
WHEN: Sunday, Noon (CST)
WHERE: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
TELEVISION: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver)
The two players listed as out for the Cowboys should come as no surprise for those who have been paying attention to the news coming out of Valley Ranch this week. Backup wide receiver Miles Austin is out for at least two weeks with a sprained knee (LCL) and Cowboys rookie running back Felix Jones was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Saturday to repair the torn ligament under his left big toe. More alarming, and more surprising for Cowboys fans, is the status of starting cornerback Terence Newman, listed as questionable and likely a game-time decision. Newman, who seems to becoming injury-prone after four relatively injury-free seasons from 2003-2006, missed Friday's practice with a slight groin pull that is not a re-aggravation of the muscle surgically repaired back on Oct. 10. Also listed as questionable is backup linebacker and special teamer Justin Rogers (back). Starting quarterback Tony Romo (broken finger) and starting tight end Jason Witten (broken rib) are both listed as probable as they continue to play while recovering from injury. Also probable are backup wide receiver Isaiah Stanback (shoulder) and backup linebacker Bobby Carpenter (groin). Carpenter will resume his duties on special teams and Stanback will take over kickoff return duties with Austin out.
Three players are listed as out for the 49ers - starting rookie wide receiver Josh Morgan (groin), backup wide receiver Arnaz Battle (foot) and backup free safety Dashon Goldson (knee). Everyone else on the report - backup corner Tarell Brown (neck), backup right tackle Barry Sims (ankle), starting fullback Michael Robinson (stinger), starting free safety Mark Roman (groin), backup tight end Delanie Walker (shoulder) and starting outside linebacker Patrick Willis (hip strain/illness) - are all listed as probable.