WHAT: Dallas Cowboys (5-0) vs. New England Patriots (5-0)
WHEN: Sunday, 3:15 p.m. (CDT)
WHERE: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
TELEVISION: CBS (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms)
Although he left the game with a thigh contusion, nickel linebacker Kevin Burnett, who only missed a day of practice, is expected to play and is listed as probable. While backup safety and special teams captain Keith Davis (shoulder) stated early in the week he would play this week after missing the last two games, he's questionable for the game and should be a game-time decision despite fully practicing on Friday. Rookie Deon Anderson likely will be the lone fullback dressed for the game since starter Oliver Hoyte (neck), who only had limited participation in practice, is listed as doubtful. Starting wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), starting cornerback Anthony Henry (ankle) and third-team safety Courtney Brown (biceps) are all listed as out.
No one knows how to manipulate an injury report like the New England Patriots, who have 12 players listed as either questionable or probable. Here's the breakdown. Questionable: starting cornerback Asante Samuel (foot), backup corner Randall Gay (thigh), starting running back Laurence Maroney (groin), starting linebacker Adalius Thomas (ankle), starting wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (knee), backup wide receiver Kelley Washington (hamstring), starting center Dan Koppen (ankle), starting left tackle Matt Light (flu), starting right guard Stephen Neal (shoulder) and fourth-team strong safety Mel Mitchell (groin). Backup left tackle Wesley Britt didn't practice due to a team decision. Starting quarterback Tom Brady has been listed as probable for every game this season with a right shoulder injury that doesn't seem to affect him one bit.