Cowboys play it safe with Newman
I saw Newman trot over to our NFL Live crew to say hello, and as he backstepped away, I heard him say, "It's a groin injury -- a few days, no big deal." As far as I could tell, he didn't appear to be in great pain and he wasn't limping. However, head coach Wade Phillips' post-practice news conference would offer up a lot more on Newman's status. The news from Phillips clearly surprised everyone when he announced, right off the bat, that Newman's MRI revealed a "significant" strain to his left groin, which meant he would miss a minimum of three weeks of practice. A minimum of three weeks. That translates to even more time to be game ready from a conditioning standpoint, and Phillips' concerns seemed to be as much about Newman working and developing at the nickel position as his overall health.
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