Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Cowboys missing seven players
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys returned to practice Wednesday missing seven injured players.
The newest members to this list are linebacker Alex Albright (stinger), defensive end Marcus Spears (ankle), defensive end Kenyon Coleman (knee) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (calf).
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) wasn't in pads but was doing on-field rehab work. Center Phil Costa (back) and safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) continued to miss practice. Costa was hurt just three snaps into the season opener at the New York Giants in Week 1, and Johnson hasn't played or practiced this fall.
Safety Barry Church (quad) was in full pads but it appeared he would be limited in practice.
With Sensabaugh and Church nicked up, it puts a strain on the Cowboys' safeties.
Mana Silva, Danny McCray and Mario Butler are candidates to get playing time at the position. There was a thought cornerback Mike Jenkins could get some snaps at one of the safety spots, which was the case in the Week 2 loss at Seattle, but coach Jason Garrett didn't mention Jenkins as a possible replacement.
For now, the Cowboys like Jenkins to play a free safety/cornerback role off the bench.
Spears replaced Coleman in the lineup at Seattle to start the second half, but Spears' injury is considered minor because he finished the game. If Coleman is out, rookie Tyrone Crawford, who played 10 snaps at Seattle, is expected to get more playing time at end.