Injuries: Will Allen OK after shot to ribs

August, 17, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz., -- The Cowboys came out of Saturday's preseason game with the Arizona Cardinals relatively clean from a health standpoint.

Safety Will Allen took a shot to the ribs but said after the game that he is fine and he would have continued playing if this had been a regular-season game.

"Just a little rib shot," Allen told ESPNDallas' Todd Archer. "Nothing too major."

The Cowboys had a healthy scratch in tackle Jermey Parnell, who missed some time early in training camp with a strained hamstring. Parnell returned to practice late last week, but the Cowboys inserted Demetress Bell at right tackle and Darrion Weems as the left tackle.

Also, cornerback Morris Claiborne missed the game with a sore knee. Claiborne, however, expects to start running this week when the Cowboys return to Irving, Texas, on Monday.

"I feel a lot better," he said. "I haven't run on it yet, but I'm banking on returning."

Outside linebacker Ernie Sims missed Saturday's game with a groin injury. But, like Claiborne, he expects to return to the practice fields this week.

"I'm going next week when we get back to Dallas," Sims said. "If this were a regular-season game, I would play."

The following players also didn't play because of injuries: Jay Ratliff, Sean Lissemore, Alex Albright, Matt Johnson, Toby Jackson, Eric Frampton, Nate Livings, Ronald Leary, Ryan Cook, Ray Dominguez and Cole Beasley.

J.J. Wilcox wasn't with the team because of the passing of his mother.
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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