Seeing that it is midweek and all the players are now back at Valley Ranch to get their workouts and practice in before the Cowboys head to Green Bay on Saturday, it is a good time to update the injury report for the Boys. There seems to have been some confusion earlier in the week about the status of some of the Cowboys key players. However, after further assessment, it looks that like the Cowboys injury situation is actually improving as the season progresses.
Everyone knows that safety Roy Williams will be out for at least four weeks with his fractured forearm. Williams had surgery to place a plate in the arm earlier this week and will look to rejoin the team on the field in time to make a solid mid season push.
Elsewhere, there was some concern over the health of tight end Jason Witten. Jason left Monday’s game for a while after injuring his shoulder. At first there were reports that he had dislocated his shoulder and had it popped back into place on the sidelines. After speaking with the Dallas training staff, it appears that Witten’s injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought. Witten was banged up, but he returned to action during the game on Monday and made one of the key catches that set up the Cowboys game winning touchdown. He will be a go for Sunday’s game.
Monday’s game also saw several Cowboys return to action for the first time this season. And the good news is, none of these players appeared to have any setbacks with their injuries. They just showed some field rust, which was to be expected. Terence Newman (groin), linebacker Anthony Spencer (knee) and wide receiver Miles Austin (knee) – none suffered any setbacks, although Phillips said Newman and Spencer showed a little rust.
Anthony Spencer and Terence Newman were solid additions to the defense. Newman will definitely be called on now with Williams being out. Anthony Spencer is credited with being able to provide rest for Gregg Ellis which allowed him to be fresh in the fourth quarter. Going forward the goal is to have Spencer providing backup for Ellis as well as DeMarcus Ware. Mike Austin also returned to action and hauled in 2 catches and provided some much needed depth to the Cowboys depleted wide outs.