Dallas Cowboys: Injuries

Cowboys' roster must be trimmed Monday

August, 26, 2012
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The Cowboys have to get their roster down from 87 to 75 on Monday.

One step could be to reach an injury settlement with wide receiver Donovan Kemp, who tore the ACL in his left knee during practices in San Diego.

The team is hoping it can get Kemp through waivers and bring him back to place him on injured reserve. Linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) is also out for the season, but it's unknown if the Cowboys will waive him because he was a seventh-round draft pick and there's some concern another team might claim him.

Guard Kevin Kowalski (ankle) hasn't practiced this summer, and it appears the team will place him on injured reserve.

There are four injured players who will make the roster despite being injured, but the Cowboys might be without them for the season opener against the New York Giants.

Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round selection, is still nursing a hand injury and didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against St. Louis. The status of starting tight end Jason Witten (spleen) and starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff (high ankle sprain) is uncertain for Week 1, and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready.

There were 17 players who didn't play in Saturday night's victory over the St. Louis Rams. Ten of those players were scratched due to injury.

Some players, such as punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado, deep snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver David Little, might play in Wednesday's game against Miami but won't be on the final 53-man roster. Hughlett was given a chance to surpass L.P. Ladouceur but it appears that won't happen. Little and Alvarado, along with tight end Harry Flaherty, the nephew of coach Jason Garrett, are mainly camp bodies. While they might survive the Monday cut, could get let go Aug. 31.

Tackles Tyrone Novikoff and Levy Adcock, who didn't play Saturday, might survive the Monday cuts but not the big one Aug. 31.

Injury report: Austin and Spencer nicked up

September, 14, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys added some new names to the injury report Wednesday, and wide receiver Miles Austin was listed with a knee injury. Austin had his right knee wrapped, although he was a full participant in practice. Austin was on the report last week with a hamstring.

Starting outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is on the injury report with a shoulder injury and he was limited in practice. Starting left guard Bill Nagy was on the injury report with a neck problem and he was limited in practice. That would explain why Derrick Dockery got some reps with the first team during Wednesday's practice.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant did not practice with a thigh injury. He was a little gimpy as he walked through the locker room on Wednesday afternoon.

Cornerback Terence Newman, who was expected to practice on Wednesday as he recovers from a groin injury, did not practice.

Also, Mike Jenkins who is battling a bruised shoulder, was limited in practice, but said he would do more work on Thursday. Tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) fully returned to practice.

Right tackle Tyron Smith (knee) and center Phil Costa (knee) practiced with no issues on Wednesday. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick didn't practice as he recovers from a sprained right ankle. Scandrick, who is wearing a protective boot, hopes to return soon.

"I'm trying to stay upbeat and listen to the trainers and stay off it," Scandrick said. "The biggest thing is staying in it mentally."

Scandrick said he injured the ankle on the second play of the New York Jets game Sunday night and tried to play through it, but couldn't after the second defensive series.

Losing Scandrick and possibly not having Newman makes for a thin secondary.

"It's very frustrating," Scandrick said. "I was looking forward to getting Terence back and all of us playing together."

C Gurode withdraws from Pro Bowl

January, 20, 2010
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Cowboys center Andre Gurode is pulling out of the Pro Bowl because he will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

Along with punter Mat McBriar, Gurode is the second Cowboys player getting knee surgery this offseason.

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