- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- A busy Thursday morning at Valley Ranch had Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman, who was to start the first game of his career on Sunday against the New York Giants, miss practice with neck issues.
Holloman has missed the past four games with a spinal contusion, but returned to participate in the lone practice last week during the bye. He was limited in practices Monday and Wednesday, but it appears he's not fully ready to return.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Thursday that Holloman won't be moved to injured reserve, but instead the team will make a roster move. The team is scheduled to sign linebacker Orie Lemon off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad and move him to the active roster at some point on Thursday.
Lemon arrived in Dallas on Thursday morning.
If Holloman isn't placed on season-ending injured reserve, the Cowboys will have to cut someone from the active roster. The team has depth issues at linebacker with starters Sean Lee and Justin Durant out at least three-to-four weeks with hamstring injuries. Defensive line and secondary have been shuffled around because of injuries.
Finding a player from the offensive side could be a wise decision. The Cowboys currently have four players each at tight end and running back.
As for the practice, the following injured players participated in some portions of the session open to the media: Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring), safety J.J. Wilcox (knee), wide receiver Dez Bryant (back), defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh), defensive end George Selvie (shoulder), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (ribs), and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck).