Three Cowboys defensive linemen who didn’t play Sunday against the Falcons because of injuries — Taco Charlton, Antwaun Woods and Daniel Ross — were on the field during the open portion of Tuesday’s light practice ahead of Thursday’s key NFC East game against the Redskins, according the team’s official website.
However, it remains to be seen how much work they’ll get or even if they’ll play Thanksgiving Day.
With a short turnaround, Tuesday’s practice is comparable to a Friday before a Sunday game. There’s less time and fewer reps to determine the overall health of players who have been dealing with injury, the report noted.
“It’s challenging, but you have to do your best,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We had some guys work after the walk-through yesterday. We’ll have some guys work after the practice today just to see what they’re capable of doing leading up to the ballgame and make those decisions.”
On the offensive line, starting right guard Zack Martin wasn’t practicing during the open portion of Tuesday’s workout, but he has been able to play through a sprained knee the past few weeks. Starting left tackle Tyron Smith, who told reporters after the Falcons game that he’d be fine after suffering a neck stinger on the final drive, was dressed for Tuesday’s practice.
Wide receiver Michael Gallup remains away from the team after the death of his brother.
Others not on the field during the open portion, per DallasCowboys.com: receiver Tavon Austin (groin), linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist). Jerry Jones said Swaim is expected to have surgery and could miss three to four weeks.
The Cowboys (5-5) have won consecutive road games to climb back into the playoff race. They host the first-place Redskins (6-4), minus injured No. 1 QB Alex Smith, at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday (FOX).