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Understudies crash dress rehearsal

Injuries prevent Cowboys from long look at regulars in third preseason game

Updated: August 25, 2012, 1:07 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Most teams use the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season and play their regulars for at least a half if not into the third quarter.

It's a sound plan, but it's not necessarily one the Dallas Cowboys can follow Saturday night against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium.

Tight end Jason Witten (spleen), wide receivers Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dez Bryant (knee) and center Phil Costa (back) will not play against the Rams because of injuries. ...

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