Cowboys running out of cornerbacks

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Is it too late to recall all those stories written last week about how veteran cornerback Terence Newman has finally put all the nagging injuries behind him? On Saturday, Wade Phillips revealed that Newman has a "slight groin sprain," which is not good news for anyone who's followed the Pro Bowler's medical history.

In last year's training camp, Phillips listed Newman "day-to-day" for about a month. Newman missed the '08 preseason and the first game of the regular season. And then he had to undergo sports hernia surgery. For the record, Phillips is saying this is not the same injury that kept Newman out of last year's training camp, but as Tim MacMahon points out, it's in the same general area.

The good news coming out of San Antonio today was that starting cornerback Mike Jenkins' ankle injury wasn't as serious as owner Jerry Jones feared earlier in the day. Jones had speculated that it could be a high ankle sprain, but the Cowboys are now saying it's just a slight sprain and that Jenkins and Newman could both play if there were a regular-season game Sunday.

So who were the starting cornerbacks in the afternoon practice? That would be Orlando Scandrick, Courtney Brown and rookie Mike Mickens. Some of you guys have chastised me for expressing concern over the lack of depth at cornerback. Well ...

Brown was a seventh-round choice out of Cal Poly in '07. Mickens, who has struggled throughout camp, played at Cincinnati.