Cowboys-Chargers: Live from the Murph

August, 21, 2010
8/21/10
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SAN DIEGO -- The Cowboys are warming up as they prepare for their third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

Here are some facts for the game.

Cowboys (1-1): Coach Wade Phillips said he expects the Cowboys' first-team offense and defense to play the first half. It might get reduced if both units get in on an extended drive. The Cowboys will have two new starters in the lineup. Robert Brewster gets the call at right tackle and Montrae Holland is the left guard. The Cowboys lead the preseason series, 6-5, if that means anything.

Injury report: Dez Bryant (ankle), John Phillips (knee), Marcus Spears (knee), Stephen Hodge (knee), Pat Watkins (knee), Marc Colombo (knee) and Kyle Kosier (knee), Mike Hamlin (concussion), Scott Sicko (concussion) and Alex Barron (ankle) are out. Jesse Holley (hamstring) is expected to return for the game tonight.

Chargers (1-0): San Diego is coming off a 25-10 win over the Bears last week. It outgained the Bears, 120-48. San Diego is expected to play its starters at least a quarter and a half. Left tackle Tra Thomas announced his retirment Saturday. The normal starter at left tackle, Marcus McNeill, who is not even listed on the roster, is holding out.

Injury report: Linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss the game with an Achilles injury. Linebacker Brandon Siler (ankle), Guard/center Scott Mruczkowski (ankle), tight end Richie Brockel (shoulder) and tackle Nick Richmond (knee) are out.

Something to watch out for: Well, a few things. With Thomas retiring, Brandyn Dombrowski is starting at left tackle. The last time the Cowboys saw him, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware suffered a neck injury when he smashed into Dombrowski's knee last December. ... Punter Mike Scifres has an excellent leg. He can really boom it, and it will be a test for Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, who will return punts for the first time in his career Saturday.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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