Nine players, including stars Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, litter the Dallas Cowboys first injury report of the new season before their Week 1 matchup against the rival New York Giants on Sunday night.
Hoping to start their NFC East title defense with a victory, the Cowboys are slightly banged up but as of now are expected to have their dynamic one-two passing combo ready for the Giants.
Bryant, who sat out the entire preseason due to a hamstring injury he suffered on Aug. 6, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Romo did not practice, but last season usually sat out Wednesday’s sessions and stayed healthy all season.
Speaking to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he’s unsure if Romo will follow the same practice schedule this year.
“We’re discussing what the best thing is for him and really for all the guys as we go week to week,” Garrett said. “He’s certainly done a lot more over the course of the offseason and training camp this year than he has the last two years. We feel good about where he is physically and then we’ll just have those discussions about how we want to handle each week and we’ll finalize those here in the next couple of days.”
Dallas also welcomed the return of second-year guard Zack Martin (neck), who was one of the most impactful rookies across the league last season in helping the Cowboys post the No. 2 rushing attack and protecting Romo from all but 29 sacks. Martin is now sporting a neck roll in practice and is likely to play with it for support.
Two other starters, linebacker Anthony Hitchens (foot) and free safety J.J. Wilcox (neck), were also listed on the report and each was limited in practice.
The rest of the report includes: tight end James Hanna (knee), defensive back Danny McCray (neck), wide receiver Devin Street (ankle), and back-up quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion). Hanna and Street, who missed the last two preseason games, were limited in practice, but Weeden and McCray were fully active.